"Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school."
~ Albert Einstein
Hello, my name is Don, and I’m a knowledgeaholic. It has been 7 minutes 30 seconds 8 seconds since I last learned something. No matter what I am doing, no matter where I go, no matter who I am with, I am always trying to learn. I learn from reading. I learn from lectures. I learn from watching people. I learn by asking question…lots of questions. I can’t help myself. I’m incurable.
I know this doesn’t sound like such a bad thing, but I do have a problem with it. The more I learn, the more I realize that I know so little. There seems to be an unlimited supply of knowledge that is opening up to me. Each time I gain some knowledge, along with it comes the understanding that there is so much more. That, again, is not my problem…my problem is that I want to know it all. And I have learned that is impossible. With each tiny bit of knowledge I gain, I get further from that goal.
I am obsessed, and my time is limited.
Don’t get me wrong. I can stay happy. I just need to have my fix every day. I am certain that I have never had a day that did not contain some learning, whether intentional or not.
I used to have a massive amount of books sitting around, now I have terabytes worth of ebooks, audio books, video, and .pdf reports. And then…there is this thing called “The Internet” that serves to enable my habit in massive ways. I have taken more than 200 courses on Udemy. I don’t know what to do.
My knowledge does not just come from others, but also from experimentation and reflection. I have discovered things on my own that I don’t even know if they have been discovered before. Perhaps I have had original thoughts that can change the world, and sadly, perhaps they have gotten lost amongst the myriad of other things that keep my habit satisfied.
Perhaps I can learn how to stop all of this learning…oops…there I go again.
Don’t get me wrong. I love it. But I sometimes feel that I really have to stop or it will become dangerous. Maybe I’m wrong…I hope I am, because I don’t see it stopping any time soon. I think it will most likely continue with me through this lifetime and many lifetimes beyond…most likely forever. Maybe there is nothing wrong with me. Maybe this is normal. It really doesn’t matter, because I am who I am.
Does anyone else out there crave to be constantly learning? If you are like me, or if you might have a solution for me, leave a comment and let me know. It would be nice to know I’m not alone in this. Tell the community what you think about learning and craving knowledge. We’re listening.