Elizabeth, I think it's wonderful that you made it to college at 31.
When I was a teenager, it took a LOT of discipline for me to actually finish high school, as I've been on my own since I was 16. Though I went directly on to college after, I wish I would have held off for a while. Seems like we may have had some similar life experiences...
Personally, I think there is often too much pressure on kids to learn so intensely at such a young age (perhaps that explains the relatively high suicide rates among youth?). And I don't believe the theory that our capacity to learn is at it's peak during childhood. I think we just lose touch (and understandably so) with the wonder that childhood brings. The complexities of modern life are a bitch.
I'm a believer in experiencing all life can bring, and in any form, whether it be learning to think critically in order to appreciate the written word, gaining wisdom through facing hardship or in welcoming challenge, or by appreciating the little things in life, such as having a roof over your head, food on the table and the simple joy in sharing those comforts with a feline companion!
Far too often we get caught up in the superficial and monetary aspects of life, that we often lose ourselves, become numb, and therefore experience little or no meaning or purpose in the process.
Originally Posted by sashacat421
Heavens! Required reading --YUK! I graduated second to last in my high school because I never went. I preferred to "experience life" at age 17 instead of a classroom. I didn't go to gollege until I was 31! But.....having said that (there IS a category for you, did you see?
) I will say that marshaling all my resources, whether they be the clues and power of the natural world, books, visuals, art, or just plain livin', has allowed me to make up my own mind about how
and look at humanity and the powerful questions that plague us.