First I thought I’d give you an update on the image I’m working on. You recall I’ve been working on an image which includes water and splashes, something I’ve always wanted to do but could never figure out how it would work. I never would have believed that I could actually be doing it now, and it’s not even that hard! It looks pretty good, so I’ve just got to get the rest of the image to work out and… well, hope for the best. Even if the overall look of the thing doesn’t turn out the way I would like it, I’m already glad I decided to try it out and discover that this sort of thing is actually possible.
The second thing I wanted to talk about was… well, it was actually a thought I got from watching Dancing with the Stars. Oftentimes on the show there will be a star who, although not the best dancer, lights up the room when they perform. It’s just a joy and a pleasure to see them. It makes me think about people you know in real life who are like that, the people who make your day better just by being there. There’s an indefinable quality about them. I would really love to be able to emulate that, but I’m not entirely sure how to do that.
Sometimes I think about those times when you’re a kid, and teachers keep asking you what you want to be when you grow up– which, even as a kid, I’ve always thought was something of a stupid question. Especially now that I’m older, I realize there are a lot of things I want to be, but none of them really relate to a career, and few of them are anything directly addressed in school curriculums. Of course education is extremely important in being successful in life, but there are so many gaps you have to fill in yourself.
The best example I can think of right now is comedy. Being funny isn’t easy, yet somehow you manage to get some hilarious people in life. I would love be funny. I’ve always enjoyed being entertained and made to laugh, and I really like the idea of giving that same feeling of pleasure to other people by being funny. But they didn’t offer classes on humor in my high school. So all of my success in academia, all of my study habits and good grades… they didn’t really help me become funnier. So how do some people get to be so funny in real life? Now, I’m not completely sure of the answer, but I’m thinking that rather than having a teacher and coursework, it has more to do just have a sort of awareness and being willing and able to piece things together– like figuring out comedic timing and the nuances of verbal irony and so on. Humor is something we really value in human beings, and yet it’s something we largely leave people to figure out for themselves, maybe out of the mistaken impression that some people are ‘born’ with it and others aren’t, but it’s a talent that takes nurturing like anything else.
That’s the best example I can think of, but there are a lot of other things too– things that are valuable to know but aren’t directly addressed or valued in the school curriculum.