You Learn By Living


One thing life has taught me: if you are interested, you never have to look for new interests. They come to you. … All you need to do is to be curious, receptive, eager for experience. And there’s one strange thing: when you are genuinely interested in one thing, it will always lead to something else.

You Learn by Living—Eleanore Roosevelt

I often times imagining myself as the Disney version of Alice, tumbling down the rabbit hole but without finding bottom. As each random item or book smacks against my fall, it changes my course of descent, careening my brain against another knowledge heavy compendium.

For me, curiosity is integral to my intellect. It was once described as ADOBSO (Attention Deficit, OH! Bright Shiny Object) but instead of viewing my diverse interests as a personal flaw, I’ve come to embrace my shifting interests as an asset. Once, a nurse quietly listened to the banter between myself and a patient. She brought the conversation up a few hours later, expressing surprise at my consistent ability to find common interests with strangers.

Instead of becoming an ‘expert’ at one thing, is it possible to obtain legitimate expertise at learning many things?

Something to contemplate.

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