I love to learn.
Heh heh. That is I love to learn when I’m in control of the learning and it’s going according to my plan. In short, when it is my idea. Many lessons have to be foisted upon me, more than once, before I get the point. The acquisition of knowledge, the advent of understanding, the getting of wisdom…it’s like gathering armfuls of flowers.
2011 will open a new vista for me. After fifteen years of educating my boys at home, I spent two years working full-time while we pressed toward the goal of being debt-free. My retirement day is fast approaching; my heart is beginning to gurgle with joy at the possibilities.
There is so much to learn. And here is my short list of learning goals for 2011:
• Learn musical notation software. Finale is the version friends declare I need. Get it. Use it. Love it. And perhaps do a bit of composing.
• Learn how to track investments correctly in Quicken. I have “Placeholder Entries” which need to be fixed. This goes under the broader heading of paying attention to finances, learning more about the stock market, bonds, etc.
• Learn profound contentment with one serving of food. Ahem. Practice, practice, practice!
• Learn how to take pictures with my new camera, a Nikon D3100. I’m drooling to make bokeh. And to be able to toss around words like aperture, depth of vision, f-stops and those lens numbers with the smallest measure of intelligence. As my brother says, “Get out of auto focus.” This also falls under the larger goal of spending more time outside.
• Learn ten new Bach pieces on the piano. If I were ambitious I’d include Chopin, because Chopin always killed me as a girl. Not that Bach is an easy walk on the tundra. The last few years I’ve only played piano for the joy and comfort of playing. I’m actually itching for some disciplined study.
• Learn how to listen without thinking of what I’ll be saying next.
• Learn to make time for regular letter writing. Ink on paper letters. Goodness, I have the cards and stationery!
• Learn the value of daily stretching. It’s bizarre to get up in the morning creaky.
• Learn to look through the microscope. We have a worthy one. I’m a bit science-phobic, but I think I could handle this. I don’t need to keep a journal (or perhaps I do). I just need to look. Sort of on a daily basis. Are there enough things available to put under the lens? Surely there must be.
• Learner’s option: learn how to knit. Or. Learn how to quilt. I love the idea of knitting. But I love reading more.