Lifelong Students

My 5 year old starts school this fall and that seems so surreal to me! My oldest and first to go to school! *sniffle* We bought his school supplies yesterday and I found myself wanting to buy new pens, new paper. I even wanted some markers, just because they're spiffy and new! (And I haven't colored with markers in a LONG time.)



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?

Cortney

11 comments

Rena said...

I'm definitely a life long student. I finally stopped taking classes, but I've caught myself eyeing the schedule of classes a couple of times. Maybe it's time to jump back in. Writing is the passion, but I could get lost in a drawing class.

Jaime Morrow said...

This post is making me nostalgic for school. And school supplies! Honestly, I think that was probably my favourite thing ever, purchasing new school supplies. I loved university, too, mainly because I could select courses that sounded so interesting to me. You're right about how there are so many great resources for writers out there. I don't read nearly enough craft books, or look into seminars and the like, but I really should! :)

Emily R. King said...

Exactly! I never want to stop learning.

My son starts school this fall too. I'm looking forward to it, but I'm also sad. Interesting mixed emotions for this mom!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Thanks for commenting on My Wow. Learning and growing are great things and we do it through out our lives. Your post is filled it so much optimism. I love that.

Rachel Searles said...

I loved school too! I remember very well how picking out my courses for my first semester at college felt like Christmas shopping for myself :) Writing does give that same sense of productive satisfaction, I agree.

We will miss you at SCBWI LA this year!!

Erin L. Funk said...

I think it's so important to be lifelong students too. I can't imagine not being curious, or learning, or reading anymore! That would just feel so stagnant. And I love how you applied this to writing as well. Great post! You really got me thinking! :)

David P. King said...

I know how this goes. The Boy will be in first grade soon. Amazing how time flys! I will always be a lifelong student. It's the cool thing to be. :)

Morgan said...

I love you and your love for learning! Seriously--I swear you're more motivated than the average person. Like you learning all your language stuff? Amazing. Though I do LOVE office supplies. That was always my favorite part of school. Papers, pencils, and all the cool gadgets!

Julia King said...

I look up to those that really enjoyed school. I never really did, although I do love to learn, just not in a formal setting. I hope your little one enjoys school this fall. I just found out the other day that my 10yo nephew has been tutoring kids in reading this summer. How cool is that? Oh, he's just becoming a little man, and toooo toooo fast. :D

ilima said...

As a writer there is ALWAYS something to learn...it's such an educational career for sure!

Jessica L. Celaya said...

I love school too and sort of miss it. It is true that I can still learn as a writer though. Thanks for reminding me of that.

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