How My Intellectual Life Took Off After Conventional Education

It’s ironic how my intellectual life really took off after leaving school and university. During those years, I studied the relevant content just for the sake of achieving results that would give me a better chance at landing roles in the corporate world. In all honesty though, I didn’t love what I learned.

But when I think back to when I was a kid, I was more interested in things like science and geography. I was also a enthusiastic artist, privately.

Since my departure from the conventional education systems, I find that I have become a more passionate, avid learner. I’ve reconnected with the same sense of curiosity I once had as a child and a lot of it has to do with the fact that I am free to learn what I want, when I want and how I want.

Obviously, the square box designed by the conventional academic system didn’t take well to the way I learn and explore.

A lot of my current interests now stem from my desire to battle with mental illness, and I have found ways to invest my time and energy into these things using creative outlets, such as content creation and writing.

I find that when learning new skill sets and knowledge, there is an art and a science to everything.

The science is in acquiring new knowledge. Anything from reading books to sitting courses to watching online lectures. This is the technical side to the learning process.

Then comes the art, which is the expression of this knowledge through subjective representation.

My journey with photography shows this, clearly. First, I spend time reading, taking notes and acquiring all the technical knowledge that goes with the skill of photography. The art is when I’m out with the camera, experimenting and snapping shots.

The science involves the objective facts and details, while the art is the subjective aspect – the unique styles and expressions.