Friday, November 21, 2008

Could have been different

I will NEVER regret any of the decisions that I have made in my life. I have the life that I live right now because of every single decision that was made throughout these last (errr) years. That is the caveat to this entire blog.

If I had been able to know this older, wiser Diane, I think I would have changed my educational focus while in high school in college. There are things that I could have done, but chose not to do because I was lazy. But, now ... these things fascinate me so much so that I wish I had spent more time learning about them as a younger person.

Physics. I simply did not want to take the time to comprehend theorems and equations that had more letters than numbers. Sometimes when I am reading physics books, I can sense that there is something just outside my comprehension that is so amazing and so thinly veiled, all I would need is a bit more understanding of the processes and I'd get it! It's one of the most abstract, exciting sciences for me.

Anthropology. I am constantly thinking about the relationships of people and the world ... how we have come to the place that we are at ... all of the questions that relate to human interconnectiveness. This would have been a fascinating branch of study for me.

Seminary. Learning this stuff when I was younger and not quite so opinionated would have been much easier for me. I'm certain that the concrete learning will be exciting and fun for me (Greek/Hebrew, etc.), but the more subjective stuff is going to send me into tailspins. I'm old enough, mouthy enough and opinionated enough that if a professor crosses me and refuses to allow my belief structure validity, I will blow up!

This last one I am planning to take on - and see what I can do. As for the sciences, I don't know that I have a great enough desire to overcome the obstacles needed for learning. We'll see. I will never say never.

It does excite me when I see young people pushing past family expectations and easy education for the job and really learning to delve into exploration. I wish I could encourage every middle-schooler and high-schooler to use every moment they have.

Now, if I could just get more of these high-quality universities to offer more classes online. You'd never see me outside again!

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