Tuesday, April 28, 2015
I got my global perspective from my grandfather.
He was a lifelong learner; I became a teacher.
He always explored new areas of interest; I crave them.
He did because he knew how to do; I do because I know I can.
At the tail end of World War II, he was in Australia and suffered a heart attack just shy of being four decades old.
Holy game-changing moment, Batman!
He would go on to live nearly 50 more years, but I chalk up that heart attack as a wake-up call that taught him to live life.
He read voraciously.
He knew more than I ever learned to forget, but at age 54, I find myself being very much like him.
I stand like he stood. My hands do what his hands did. I have a heart defect that has made me rethink life. I am 100% OK, but I have had my "enjoy life" moment.
One of my students thinks being omniscient is knowing a lot of things and—while I would love to be all-seeing and all-knowing—I know I am not.
I know a lot.
I know how to do a lot.
I like learning.
Prepping has brought a welcomed learning curve. It has also disavowed me of the hubris of thinking that I can stave off everything.
I prep to mitigate the damage of the unforeseen.
I am proud of my water and food storage.
My moringa oleifera trees are thriving.
My foray back into gardening has been rewarded with nine little tomatoes waiting to mature and two tiny cucumbers waiting to do likewise.
My movement toward down-home sustainability has nothing to do with the Democrat/Socialist/Fascist thinking, but rather to have a chance to correct from the SHTF moment that their rainbow-sh!++ing unicorn world will produce.
I keep and write this blog to put in notes the steps of my learning.
I am industrious.
I speak fluently two languages: English and Spanish, which makes me useful in the Southwestern United States should a SHTF or a TEOTWAWKI happen.
I know how to cook and to be very inventive with foods.
I am once again growing my own food and looking for new food sources: moringa oleifera.
I am not afraid to examine something and decide not to do it
I am OK with trying something new and failing at it.
As an example, my school recently went to the Google “environment” of Chromebooks, Google Apps, and Google Classroom.
Because I was not afraid to dive in and fly by the seat of my pants, I was suddenly an expert. Far from it!
The prepper in me said "this is new" and "this is the new context" so I went for it because I love learnring.
I decided to jump in and “do it” whatever "it" was. I began without the end in mind. I knew that the trajectory of learning would teach me what I should aim for.
When I hit a roadblock, I asked the teenagers I teach to tell me how to get past it.
They saw me not knowing something.
They saw me seeking help.
They saw learning in real time.
I hope they internalized that lesson.
Many of my colleagues looked at the Google environment like an alien spaceship that had landed. They were flummoxed. They were not OK with not knowing and admitting it.
Yes, I taught them.
But they wanted a crutch rather than being self-reliant and just going for it.
Dive in. Learn. Seek. Deepen learning. Then, learn more.
It is OK to stumble.
It is OK to fail.
It is OK to regroup.
It is OK to revise the plan.
Seeking opportunities to learn and then immersing oneself in learning is essential to prepping.
Engaging in that kind of thinking will only prepare your mind to think in the moment when SHTF.