If you're new to Word Vomit Wednesdays, each week, Taylor and I will give each other and our friends topics to blog about, hours before midnight on Wednesday. The point being, exercise your brain and be vulnerable! No editing, no proofreading, just your thoughts and post. Let me know if you would like to join us!
Learning is probably one of life's greatest privileges. I mean, anyone who knows me well enough will know immediately that this sounds like a lie coming from my mouth. After all, academia never sat well with me. One such conversation about school went thusly:
"Ahh, the [Duderstadt], I have bad memories about this place."
Anyway, while I think education definitely has a lot of value and I'm acting like a whiny brat when many people in this world would do anything to go to school, I'm talking about learning more in the sense that we have the ability and propensity to discover and grow via gaining new insights. Picking up new skills. Developing perspective. That kind of learning.
To be able to pinpoint something that I want to learn would be hard to define, because there are honestly many things. I would like to learn more about the short film medium. I would like to learn how to produce music, and also learn how to play better myself. I want to learn about creating typography using a variety of tools that goes further than a pencil and paper would. I want to learn more about space. Honestly, the most prominent of these desires is that I want to learn how to outrun a freaking car.
A simple way to categorize all of these things would be that I want to learn how to be better than I was the day before....which sounds cliché, because it is. Very much so.
But for anyone with the same wish of bettering themselves every day (to become a "better version" of you from yesterday), it often comes with a price. In my case, that price is usually forgoing some sort of recreation, whether that's watching TV shows or... uh. That's it, pretty much. Unfortunately, the short-term opportunity cost is often too high. The motivation just isn't there.
With all that said, what I really want to learn is diligence. I've never been a particularly motivated person. Especially when my goals involve no one but myself, I quickly start to make excuses for not doing things or skipping tasks in the middle "for the sake of efficiency," I would say. Witty, I know, but destructive.
Take, for example, being to outrun a car. While the act itself is ridiculous and impossible, that shouldn't stop me (or you). You see, if we simply gawk at our outlandish goals, they quickly become just images and wishful thinking. When we see things that we would like to learn and say, "Oh, how nice it would be to be able to do that," or, "Wow it would be so great if I could be like that," but continue to do nothing, what have we gained? Hint: it's nothing.
Back in March, I signed up for a gym membership and have since gone (almost) every weekday since then. Honestly, not much has changed since then despite going regularly, and I recently (and stupidly) found out the main reason behind the lack of change: even though I go to the gym and work out, all of my efforts are diminished when I come home and decide to gorge myself with food, or sleep really late. It isn't a lack of effort -- the effort is definitely there. It's a lack of diligence and a view of the long-term.
SO, in an effort to run faster than a car, I've decided to take control of my own nutrition and sleep earlier. A vast majority of you who might read this, I don't see in person very often. But I do invite you to keep me accountable if you wish to do so.