I saw our Dean of Communications one day as he was leaving an Agriculture class. As we walked to my next class, I asked why a man with 2 PhD’s was sitting in on an Ag class. He told me,
“Never stop learning. There’s always something new for you to know. And when you do, you also learn about the people in that specialty. Learn at least two new things a year. And one of them should scare you a little.”
Dr. Emmel passed away more than a decade ago. But his wisdom stayed with me. Since that day way back in college, my primary Resolution has been. “Learn two new things every year, and one of them should scare me a little.”
Since then, among other things, I’ve rappelled down a mountain, climbed up one, climbed into the drivers seat of an 18 wheeler, got my pilot’s license, traveled and spoke throughout SE Asia alone, climbed into the lap of a giant Buddha at Borobudur Temple, competed in Olympic Weightlifting, took classes in Aramaic and Hebrew, moved to cities where I knew no one, and learned how to shoot at a Babes with Bullets camp.
Each time I overcame my fears and moved on, I met wonderful, interesting people with very different points of view. It expanded my own point of view and gave me a new perspective on life. I believe the resilience I’ve developed over the years has come partly from a wider exposure to different cultures and interests.
Having a broader Resolution each year leaves the door a open to possibility. It shows me a path I can follow, and keeps my life exciting. If you can’t think of a Resolution for yourself, try mine on for size this year and see if your life takes a turn for the better. If nothing else, it will be exciting!
Happy January 1st!
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