I’ve been flirting with the idea of trying to learn as much as I can about a subject in a set amount of time.
I first heard of the idea while listening to a local radio program where the host was talking about a local college football coach who chooses a random subject during the off season and endeavors to learn as much as he can about that subject in those few short months between seasons.
Before considering which subjects I would like to learn more about, I need to set up a time frame in regards to how long I immerse myself in a particular subject.
At first, I was thinking of allowing one year per subject. That would allow for a great deal of immersion and time to focus on a specific topic, but it sounds somewhat daunting to me considering my struggles in giving anything attention for long periods of time.
I then considered tackling a new subject every month, with the idea of learning about twelve new subjects in a year. What attracted me to this option was the idea of learning about twelve different things over the course of the year – something about that sounds well educated to me. However, I decided in the end not to do this option because I want to spend time discovering a subject, and feel that only spending one month on certain areas would only scratch the surface.
In the end, I’ve decided to set a goal of learning as much as I can about four different subjects in a year (one every three months, or one per season if you will). I realize that I will not become a scholar in regards to any subject, but it would allow a season to truly immerse myself in a subject as much as I can (plus, the coach I mentioned earlier gives himself an off season, which would be about what three months’ time shakes out to be).
I’m not sure how I will go about choosing subjects. Perhaps I could start making a list of things I would like to know more about. Perhaps subjects will come from the recommendations from friends, from my random travels, or from straight out of the blue.
I hope to be able to read books, visit museums, go to shows, sample food & drink, and do anything else that would help me experience whatever it is I want to learn about. I learn best from experience, after all.
I will change subjects at every equinox and solstice (that seems like a good time to break things up).
Since the summer solstices just passed here in the northern hemisphere, I will start my first subject a little bit late (but better late than never!)
Summer 2013 will be spent learning as much as I can about bluegrass music.
Why bluegrass? (Other than the obvious “why not?”) Well, I’ve had a fascination with it ever since seeing a few lives shows over the past year or so (and that sounds like a good enough reason for me!).
Over the coming weeks, I hope to post a few entries about things I’m discovering about the subject. I’m not going to dedicate all entries to the subject of the season, but I do want to sprinkle them in from time to time.
Hooray for education!