A passion for knowledge

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Our friends Joe and Bunny are in town visiting. This is always a treat. Joe challenged us tonight to say what we were passionate about; my answers changed as we considered the question from various angles.

What do I think about constantly? Health and fitness. Not because I have mastered this area of my life, but because I have not and I so wish I could.

What am I obsessed with? Improvement. Seeing how things could be better and wanting to make them that way. Self-improvement above all else; I am closest to my own faults, so they are the most apparent to me.

If I could only do one thing on a deserted island for five years, what would it be? Read. (That one was easy.)

If you didn’t have to worry about working for money, what kind of a job would you have? If I could teach without having to deal with the parts of teaching that dragged me to the depths of despair, I’d certainly go back to teaching.  Otherwise… maybe I’d read aloud. I’m not sure in what context: As a librarian? Reading books on tape? Reading to kids in schools? One of my students once wrote, “She reads like you are really there.” (Thank you, Lizzy.)

What special skills do you have? I would make a good mediator. I can explain difficult things to diverse individuals in a way that they understand and – as Ann said tonight – “They aren’t offended.” Those skills were built through being the easygoing middle child between two very strong personalities.

What do you love? Reading. Singing. (I should say, “Drawing, dancing and the modern languages…” but I am not so accomplished as that.) Learning about anything and everything.

Is it apparent yet that at 44 I am not living a life dedicated to something I am passionate about?  *sigh*  A quote from Charles Caleb Colton seems appropriate here: I’m aiming by the time I’m fifty to stop being an adolescent.

  • {Stress} released: (Yesterday, actually…) I had a fabulous spa experience that relaxed me to such an extent that I completely forgot about breathing, releasing, or this blog.  I have already signed up to do it again next month on the day after pulse steroids.
  • {Body Fat} released: Good workout with Charles today.  So good, in fact, that I didn’t think I was going to be able to walk down the stairs to the locker room afterward.  Whew!

3 thoughts on “A passion for knowledge

    1. Indeed! There are days when I feel truly accomplished because I improve my mind by extensive reading, and other days when I believe I shall never accomplish anything of import.

      For the question “What do you love?” I could have added: “I dearly love to laugh.”


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