At last, the pressure is off and I feel up to learning again.
Learning is one of the greatest joys in my life, and since having fun is really difficult for me when I’m stressed…
I tend to shut down into non-productive and non-structured learning, because it’s easier and more escapist.
As my life becomes just a little less stressful, I continue to learn the things which fascinate me, but I start being able to take on ‘fascinations’ which require my attention & memory to be learned, and go back to trying to expand my horizons. 🙂
There are many skills I’ve an interest in, and a couple languages I’m quite keen on.
For instance, I’ve gone back to actively trying to study Korean again. Looking for word lists, listening to TTMIK podcasts, making up new flash cards to memorize and intending to order one of their text books. (I have a book, but it doesn’t seem nearly as comprehensive) All sorts of things to vary the ways I experience the language.
There seems to be an advantage to having set it aside and waiting some months before trying to learn again: While I’m still essentially at the beginning learner stage, because I’ve continued to think about it (and read/watch tiny bits of things) my brain has become more accustomed to the way Hangul looks, as well as to the sounds and syllables. I’m also more able to hear what letters are producing what sound when I look at a transcript while listening to something in Hangul.
I think if (-who am I kidding, when) I try to take on another language I’ll probably do something similar. (Take a few months just familiarizing my brain with looking at and listening to it that is. 😉 )
But for now I’m going to keep my focus on Korean and try to start memorizing some vocabulary and get better at pronunciation.
I have actually been practicing a bit, even in my ‘non-active-learning’ period, but with very few words, mostly the alphabet, since that’s what I made flash-cards for. (Since I didn’t really have the energy to make new flash cards)
Meanwhile I’ve also been enjoying feeling little enough stress to actually watch some shows again too, and read some books.
Speaking of learning and books, I’ve been reading a book which is about the competition and school systems.
It’s called “No Contest” by Alfie Kohn.
Many people apparently find learning under pressure to be exhilarating. Perhaps it’s like a chase? Where they have to hunt down the knowledge, then dissect and assimilate it before the time runs out.
I’m not like those people. Pressure is tiring, and pressure turns learning into feeling like a ‘necessary evil’.
This is one of many contributing reasons why school was so hard for me. Learning just isn’t the same when you add in a pressured situation because of peer competition, and which must be completed in a very limited amount of time.
Never did I feel ‘accomplished’ in school even when I got B’s or A’s, I always felt like it wasn’t worth it and I would rather have gone at my own pace. It sucks all the joy out of it, and it just didn’t work well with who I am.
Fortunately for me currently the pressure is off, and joyful learning is the only sort I’m currently doing. 🙂
I don’t entirely look forward to going back to school and dealing with that pressure again. But, there are some things you can’t learn on your own. So if I want to learn those things, I’ll have to deal with the ‘down’ in the rhythm.
That’s okay, for now I’ll set that thought aside, and just enjoy learning the things I can, the things I want to, the way I want to.
This is the up in my rhythm, and there’s little reason to spoil my joy so soon.
On the flip-side of this topic, while I love learning, sometimes I see people say that they don’t enjoy learning, but I think they may have forgotten what learning means. Truthfully, I do think most people can enjoy learning, it’s really just going to depend on the subject, like say, many people love learning tons of random facts about shows they like and their favourite characters so you can ‘nerd’ about them.
So with that thought, is there anything you like to learn about? ^_^