Like most teenagers I grew up in my own world, just my world. A world where I had opinions on everything and my opinions were right, of course. My parents and teachers were always wrong, naturally!. So where did those opinions come from, how did I arrive at the conclusions I did? I realise now that I was influenced by the world around me and what I heard, read in books and newspapers and from listening to people I admired. I read somewhere that Bob Dylan was the greatest living poet of my generation and I subscribed to that idea and argued that point on several occasions. I, at that time, had read very little poetry, certainly no contemporary work, so looking back I realise I had nothing to base my ideas on. I didn’t have enough life experience to hold that opinion. I still like Bob Dylan and always will but having read extensively since I don’t hold such strong beliefs now.
Life throws situations at you, it teaches you to deal with things. Sometimes the hard way and sometimes not, but you cannot live your life any faster than time allows. A young child may be a brilliant and gifted mathematician but without some life experience is still a young child. Education is about life long learning and it’s what makes us who we are. I don’t remember how old I was when I suddenly realised how little I knew about everything but the older I become the more I realise how much there is to learn and in comparison I know nothing.