3-Day Quote Challenge Day 2

“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

10 thoughts on “3-Day Quote Challenge Day 2

  1. I’m excited for you, Sara! I’m a student of learning (I would have eagerly happily continued as a forever student). It’s true it’s a little unnerving trying something new whether it’s in a class, learning a new artform, being in a situation you are not sure of, but its SO worth it. Always. A moment in time that leads to something special!

    1. I’ve settled in a bit with the younger ‘kids’ in the class and have my next one in March. Then a six week field study and I’m done. If you could go back to school to study anything, what would you choose?

      1. That’s so difficult to choose one of many. I’d love to learn how to write. I write from the heart, but have no training. If I could see, I’d take art or photography (again what I do is from the heart not trained in any way) I love making jewelry but I had to stop it’s too finiky for my eyes. There is so much to learn! Newer concepts and ideas….where to start!

      2. IMHO you’re doing well writing without formal training, but I do see your point, to learn techniques or other methods to develop plot and character. I’ve had no training, either, and sometimes I think I’m playacting at writing when I read other people’s works because they have a depth I have not yet discovered. Jewelry making has always interested me too, but my problem is patience. Lol!

      3. Your writing is touching, astonishing and brilliant. YOu don’t need formal training in my opinion. You reach out touch and engulf the reader… IMHO that IS a writer! Sometimes ppl get too caught up in “making it right” and lose the depth feeling and reader. Just saying! Your in touch with what’s real important and your depth of understanding of the human psyche is truly humbling. You incorporate that in your writing which makes you terrific. That’s what excites and interests me more than style, grammar or anything else.

      4. Aw, thank you. I try. Some days I feel I hit the mark. Others I feel I’ve shot too wide. Talking to other writers helps to keep things in perspective and to find encouragement when frustrations come.

    1. Thanks. It’s in an effort to better serve my students. I’ve had to kick my Spanish in gear and get serious about improving my academic language. It’s coming. I’m a step away from passing my language test!

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