I was chatting to a mum today about life as working mother. What she use to do, what she’d like to do. What I do, which took a wee while to explain 🙂
She described what I do as similar to the child led education approach that our boys experience at Lewes New School. Which is so true.
I follow my interests. Do projects according to my interests. Have the opportunity to decide how to do it. Educate myself as I go along.
What I’m doing now is completely different to what I was doing 10, 5, 3, 2 and 1 year ago. But I am where I am because of my experience and desire to learn at every point. But perhaps more importantly, the past 7 years or so I have been in control of what I want to learn and do. (ie. I don’t have a boss!)
It’s not all a success. Some things work out better than others. But the reason I believe I am loving what I am doing is because I get to choose what I want to do. Once I’m bored I move on or change my approach.
People are no where nearly as effective or inspiring when they are bored. Boredom is a form of torture that no one should have to go through.
Of course, not everyone is the same as me. But modern life appears to pin you down to your past. Getting a new career or changing industry is so difficult. At every step of the way there are people questioning you and your ability – not trying to be helpful or encouraging change.
Lets see what I will be doing in a couple years time.