The yearbook quote I mentioned is a bit of a white lie, since someone in my high school’s yearbook club actually lost the form with my quote on it and so I got the generic placeholder underneath my portrait. Which is just so awful as you might imagine, having my yearbook ruined. Now what will I show my 2.5 KIDS when I recount the GOOD OLD DAYS of my twinkish boyhood and free breathable air?!
This was the quote, though:
“The great thing about imagining learning as cartography, instead of imaginary hurdles that you have to jump over, is that you see a bit of coastline, and that makes you want to see more.”
I still think that’s true insomuch as it already describe my own approach to learning, a personal philosophy for education. Both because of and despite all the standardized tests I was put through as a “gifted kid,” I had many great teachers. College only expanded my opportunities for a wide, general education. That’s how I came to write the way I do. Now I am learning how to continue that on my own, and revisiting Green’s TED Talk was a reminder to value and contribute to the writerly communities I am fortunate enough to be a part of.