Living Empowered with Continued Learning
Surely, I am not the only person in the world who sometimes feel they are given credit, where credit is not due? For example, I am a gardener. I attempt to grow my own food. I have a greenish thumb. I have moderate success, yet I seem to attract wannabe gardeners. People who are clueless about gardening seem to think I can teach them everything there is to know about gardening. I’m not going to lie. It makes me feel good that these innocent people believe I am the gardening guru. It also makes me feel embarrassed though, because I don’t know everything there is to know about gardening. In fact, I still consider myself an amateur even though I’ve been involved with gardening all of my 30 years on this planet!
I try to express such thoughts to these sweet, enthusiastic wannabe gardeners. I certainly don’t want to discourage them from gardening. I just feel like when it comes to gardening I am just a babe. I learn something new every year. If I am honest with myself I feel this way about most everything in my life. I can’t claim to be an authority or expert in any field. What I do have is interest. I have interest in practically everything. I am a curious girl, I suppose I could be classified as a scientist. I am always observing, always testing, always theorizing. I think we all are scientists to different degrees, some of us are monetarily paid for our curiosity, the rest of us unpaid. Nonetheless, scientists.
As frustrating as it may be to feel that you don’t know all there is to know about any given topic, I think ultimately it is a good thing. The moment you say to yourself, I now know everything there is to know about XYZ, that is the moment you quit observing, you quit paying attention, you quit asking questions, and you quit listening to others’ questions and observations. This, I feel is a dangerous place to be. You are comfortable. You no longer feel the need to grow and once you quit growing you begin to die. Maybe not physically, but mentally, emotionally, spiritually.
If you ever reach a point in your life where you say to yourself, I’ve made it! I’ve got everything figured out! Tread carefully, for in that moment could be your chance to choose life or death. Death would be deciding that yes, you certainly are an expert in everything, or an expert in a particular field, and you no longer need to seek answers, for you no longer have questions. Life is humbly admitting you do not know everything, and you still have questions, thus you live another day to seek. Seek your answers, seek your destiny… Perhaps destiny is not a concrete tangible thing. For don’t we say it’s the journey, not the destination that matters? Perhaps we’ll never have all of our questions answered and maybe that’s OK. We’ll live to see another day, another day to seek, to discover, and to have another eureka moment, and to fall asleep with another question to be answered tomorrow.