“If you’re any good at all, you know you can be better.”
― Lindsay Buckingham (of Fleetwood Mac)
I believe in information. With everything. I believe that the wisest among us seek it out always, and are on a constant search for new, better, and more accurate information. Education allows us to improve our minds, careers, futures, families, or simply our perspective on the world. Frankly, I’m in love with learning. I like uncovering challenging ideas and beliefs I’ve held as truth simply because I perceive them to be true (not to say I’m particularly good at being proven wrong. I don’t claim to be a good sport).
Last night, I fell in love all over again while watching the new Cosmos – A Spacetime Oddessy series with astronomer Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson. If you haven’t been watching it, or have never seen the original 1980 version with Carl Sagan, you have some serious and fabulous homework to do. Here’s a poppy little preview of the Carl Sagan version to whet your appetite:
I’m the first to admit however, that I rarely walk the walk. I find too often that I allow the routine of life with children; feeding, bathing, comforting, and loving to serve as an excuse for my brain to get a bit sluggish. And even though I read about 15 books a day, they all have cardboard pages and feel sticky most of the time.
I think that’s what I realized as I was watching Cosmos last night. My mind is thirsty for new information, my fingers itching to get into the studio and uncover new secrets that are slowly yet swiftly accumulating under a layer of dust. That feeling of watching the world evolve and grow, as the people in it expand and discover while I myself stand still – became vivid and real. It was uncomfortable, but inspiring at the same time.
So this is a challenge – to myself, and to all of you to simply learn something new. On your own, through a workshop, through conversation and connection with someone who’s mind you respect, or someone who’s views and ideas challenge you. See if your mind can be changed by something. See that you’re capable of creating something you haven’t before. Invest in your brain.Ramsay Ballew works with the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and lives in Lancaster, PA with her family. She graduated from the University of Montana with a BFA in ceramics and drawing, and loves education, roots music, NPR, and digging in the garden.