I am blessed by God that I currently have time to spend just learning new things. This hasn’t always been the case though. When I was a younger man I had family to take up my time, a full time job, and usually a side hustle to bring in a little extra because kids are expensive.
Still, even when I was younger, I would burn the midnight oil if necessary to learn. Some nights I would literally work until midnight and then spend 30-45 minutes learning something new. Other times I would only work till 10 PM or so and then I could spend an extra hour just learning something new.
This was a choice I made, I realize this. I sacrificed things to make this happen, still, I can’t imagine not doing it. Again, God blessed me with a mother who was an educator. She instilled a curiosity into me that is with me even today. I am wired to learn and if I’ve got extra time on my hands I usually spend it reading, researching, listening.
I know that everybody is not blessed in this way, but for those of us who are, don’t be ashamed that it is who we are. If you aren’t like this, when you run across someone who is driven to learn, driven to create, driven do do whatever, do us all a favor and don’t discourage us by saying “You shouldn’t spend all your time doing <INSERT TASK HERE>.” You aren’t me, and if you are telling me this then you don’t understand me. (That’s ok, because you aren’t driven like me, I probably don’t understand you either.)
If you are driven, don’t let anyone tell you it’s not good. They aren’t you, they don’t know. You do you, and if you have to, walk away from those who are trying to change you.
Until next time,
I <3 |<