I always loved school--especially once I got into college and could be more selective about what I was learning. I devoured my English classes, loved the literature I read and the enlightenment brought on by my teachers. I miss it sometimes! The push, the rush to learn, to accomplish, to achieve and I even miss homework!
While I miss it, there is one fantastic thing I feel it did for me. I learned to study. I learned to apply myself, and now I can take that and apply it to whatever I want to learn about. Granted, the deadlines aren't there anymore forcing me to do it, so it's easy to shrug off. But I think it's important to be lifelong students. To keep our minds active, to learn new things and continue to grow. Always.
That's why I love writing too. There are so many valuable resources for a writer's education. I love going to conferences and gleaning knowledge from people who are farther along in this than I am, who know more and are willing to share their secrets and their experience. I love the books that are available out there--SO MANY awesome self-help books that provide examples of what makes a good story, what will help readers fall in love with what we have to share. Critique partners have been invaluable in this respect as well. I would NOT be where I am now without my awesome CP's.
While there are lots of things I once learned and would like to brush up on (U.S. History, Egyptian History, Anatomy and Physiology), it always comes back to writing for me. That's probably why I majored in English and why I write every spare minute I can snatch. I'm just so grateful I get to keep learning and keep growing doing what I love.
What about you?