So we know this much: that life teaches us. But what about when we feel it’s teaching us too much? More than we can handle. More than we can take in. What do we do when our intake is overflowing? (When our intake exceeds our outtake?)
In my own life, I tend to output all of what I learn into one of two places: my journal or my friends. (Thanks guys!) Sometimes both. No matter how I share it, one thing’s true. I have to get it out of my system, or else it’ll get clogged up in my brain. I need to get it out of the cloud and onto solid paper. Black ink. My thoughts. Organized.
I am in a stage in life where I am learning a nauseating amount of new things. I need to put it all somewhere. I feel like one does when someone keeps handing him stuff to hold without giving him time to put the items in their place. When the items are building up and up until they cover his face and start to wobble over, he shouts, “STOP! I need to put it all somewhere first!”
I’m that guy with the stuff. The stuff is my thoughts, the thoughts are building up on sticky notes and scratch pieces of paper, and I need to place them neatly on the shelf before they topple over. You need to do something useful with all that you’re learning. If you keep it to yourself, no one benefits. Do we go to school to try to learn all we can for ourselves? To have the more knowledge than or friends? No. Well…I hope not. I would hope that we go to school and gain knowledge to share it with others and to be teachers in whatever capacity we can teach. You don’t have to have credentials to teach. You don’t have to be in a classroom for people to learn. But one thing is true. It’s your choice what you want to do with all the knowledge you take in. For me, it’s got to go somewhere. And I’m leaning towards teaching it to other people. After all, people have said many times that the best way to learn something is to teach it.