“Once you stop learning you start dying.”–Albert Einstein
How does that old saying go? You’re never too old to teach an old dog new tricks? Well, you’re never too old to learn something new, whether that’s a hobby you’ve longed to try, a skill you’ve seen others do or the desire to return to school and try a new career. It’s scary to be a neophyte, to start over at the bottom, but how exciting to discover a new passion or a new path.
I’ve returned to school to earn my bilingual license, and it’s been awhile since I’ve been a student in a classroom. Everyone else in class has been younger, has more current knowledge of the subject and is either a native Spanish speaker or very close. I was intimidated at first before I remembered I have almost a decade and a half on the job of teaching bilingual education to students, and while I might not have the piece of paper proving such, I am not an empty vessel to be filled. To be certain, there is much for me to learn, yet there is much I can share, too.
So if you’re contemplating a new career, skill or hobby but are hesitating because you are reluctant to start at the bottom remember this. There is always something new to learn and there is always much we can teach.
(C) Sara Ackerman, 2017