Just as my kids are about to finish their school year, I find myself feeling as though I've got a lot to learn.
I suppose this is not a new situation. There's nothing like freelancing
to remind you on a daily basis how much knowledge you don't have.
Whether it's applying for jobs that require skills you've never before
needed, or working at gigs where you are surrounded by people who know all sorts of things that you don't, it's hard not to feel like a full-time student of sorts.
Is that demoralizing? Sometimes, I suppose. But as I talk to my kids
about the ways in which they are going to develop certain skills this
summer, I realize that there is always more to be learned. The trick,
perhaps, is to seek out the learning opportunities that actually feel
like a summer break, so that you are adding skills that make
you happy, rather than just ones that make you ready.
I'm not sure yet what my "course load" will be this summer. It might
include some geography, as we travel to explore colleges. It might include a bit
of training in logical thought, as I am called upon to balance the needs
of my work life and my and my family's home life. There might be some tutorials in social media and Excel, because who these days
can't use a bit more of those? The rest will be a "build your own major," based on opportunities--and needs--that arise.
My kids can't wait for summer, and maybe in some ways, I can't either. A
change of pace will give us all a bit of time to learn the things that
will take us to our next steps. So it's out of school, but back to school. Because it seems as though, no matter
how far along you are, there is always more to learn.