Even though I learned things the way I was taught in public school, and followed directions to the letter to learn to play a musical instrument to a professional level, there are other ways I learn things.
I explore new things and I learn them in different ways.
Without the coaching of step-by-step hand positions and tables of facts to memorize, I employ my curiosity with a very different rhythm.
The rhythm changes according to what I am learning and how new it is to me.
Sometimes I read the directions over and over again.
Sometimes I just jump in.
Sometimes I take tiny, tiny steps over a long period of time.
Sometimes, I gather materials and create a bunch of things all at once.
All these ways work.
The little tiny steps gradually grow into a large useful product.
The spontaneously created things get refined.
The patterns I make up as I go get modified as I go until I have a delightful finished product.
The imaginative use of materials is one of my favorite ways to learn.
I, myself, have no idea of the results until I see them take shape.
The favorite thing that I have learned is that I enjoy these many different approaches and that I am not tied to any preconceived results.
© 2017 Kathryn Hardage