Do you love to learn?
Last week I blogged about a ‘bucket list’ discussion we had with friends where I learned that everyone wants a threesome. As interesting as that was, the real discussion was not just about sex, but a broader one about bucket lists. To give people focus (yes… I have control issues during conversation) I asked them to come up with their bucket lists in five categories:
– experience – this is things that you could go out and do, with no real build up to (eg. bungie jump)
– mastery – something toy have to work on to get good at and then do
For this blog, I want to talk about learning.
It is amazing how varied people’s learning ambitions are. I started the discussion with a theory: at our age (we are early 40s) most of our learning ambitions likely need to both engage the mind but can also be applied in a practical sense. So for example, when I was in my 20s I was obsessed with Roman history; today I still find it interesting but I can’t get super excited about out because of its lack of applicability in my life.
So, what did we come up with?
My wife came up with a good one. Sticking to the advice to be intellectually engaging yet applicable, she came up with learning outdoor survival skill and growing food.
Mine, while not able to help us in the event of a natural disaster, was OK. First, I would like to become proficient at web design and online skill. Secondly I would like to read the 100 best books of all time (I think I will use the Goodreads 100 books everyone should read).
Another friend’s was super-applied. He wanted to learn to build a house. I thought that fit more into my ‘mastery’ category, but I let it slide. Another wanted to learn to surf – again, ‘mastery’ but I was trying not to be too anal about this whole thing.
The others, I can’t remember that well. They were pretty predictable – one wanted to learn a new language, one yoga, etc.
So, what are your life long learning ambitions.