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    In my early 20s, I was diagnosed with a debilitating illness that forced me to forego a more traditional path to a classical education, leaving University shy of achieving a formal degree. But I won't give up! I believe in everyone's right to learn, no matter what health challenges they face. I'm determined to leave this life with a more cultured mind regardless of the time I have to make it happen, whether it be a year or five. Be my witness as I embark on this Epic, Gargantuan Adventure! My Quest to battle imposed limitations, slaying the fiery Dragons of Injustice, Intolerance, Disdain and Complacency... = 1350 GREAT WORKS = ~~ : ME versus TIME : ~~ Join TEAM AJ and cheer me on!!!
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An Educated Mind… For All!

Posted by Amanda Jane on March 8, 2015

I’ve always believed myself to be compassionate, altruistic, well-mannered, friendly, vivacious and eternally optimistic (sound familiar, Twitterverse? 😀 ) I’ve admired those qualities in myself and tried to live up to the standards I have set for myself.  There is an attribute that I prize highly above all the rest–my mind and its innate intelligence.  OK, so perhaps I’ve not applied to join MENSA (yet), but I have always done extremely well in school and really thrive in a classroom environment. This might be why I decided to become a teacher, perhaps hoping someday to become a professor of literature.

A few years ago, at the age of 23, I was diagnosed with a disabling illness that affects my lungs, and due to the long years of treatments,  is now beginning to debilitate my body at a rapid pace.  At the time when I first fell ill, I was still in University, working toward becoming a teacher.   Due to my frequent hospitalizations, I wasn’t able to continue; there ended my formal education.

I have since attempted to return to school several times– tried everything from online schools, to correspondence schools, to part-time technical/trade schools that felt as challenging as kindergarten.  My illness has been my adversary every time, succeeding in ousting me from even the most menial career education.

It’s somewhat embarrassing to share this with the world.  By looking at me, you would never guess that I battle an illness.  I’m not looking to garner sympathy or pity, but rather always prefer to do my best to earn respect, so my personal issues are not something I’ve readily shared with people in the past.  Having done alright in the business and professional arena, with many responsible positions, people assume that I have more titles than I really do.  Whatever education I have attained beyond my years of college have been the result of my own personal study and innate ability.

I am not satisfied.  I have decided that this incomplete education ends now.  I have looked for years for a program that would allow me to learn even if I had to be in hospital at times.  Guess what? No luck yet.  So, I have decided to take the reins of my own life, educating myself because no one seems to want to do it!   Maybe I won’t receive a yearned-for degree or certificate, but I will get what I prize above all else–a more learned and cultured mind.

I hope this endeavor helps me to keep striving for excellence within myself, to continue gaining wisdom to live what’s left of my life to its full extent, and to help me leave a lasting legacy for those who find themselves in a similar position.  I am determined to never stop learning and to make a purposeful life from the wreckage, finding a way around the obstacles that stand between me and further formal education, and sharing with the world what I learn along the way.

As long as my mind is alert and capable, I have the right to learn.  That is my ultimate wish for myself and for others like me–to learn until the end. Who knows? Maybe even longer than that.

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5 Responses to “An Educated Mind… For All!”

  1. Nanners said

    My dearest amiga! I’m extremely proud of you. You don’t need MENSA. You are brilliant and you have such a gift. The words you share are much more profound than ANY textbook you could lose yourself in. I have not had the opportunity to read through each post yet, but I promise I will do so.

    I’m stealing a few moments away from my duties at work, but wanted to shoot you a congratulations on all your sites. I think this blog is absolutely wonderful. You always have a thoughtful opinion about “anything”. I support you on your quest to finish 1350 works. Time will not get the best of you. You still have so much to give. I’ve always said this to you because I believe it. Even now, I feel you have so much more to teach me. I think I barely scratched the surface of Amanda. You are a treasure, just as beautiful as you are unique, and you are stowed safely away in my heart. Not everyone can come across so genuine a person as yourself. I love you, friend. I am looking forward to reading more of your entries.

    You may have just convinced me to start a personal quest of my own. Any more recommendations?

    • Amanda said

      Thank you for your sweet words. It means a lot to me to have the support of my friends. I know I can always count on yours. 🙂

      You want to go on a quest, too? 🙂 I’ll be the Sancho Panza to your Don Quixote. lol You are welcome to join mine, too.

      I say to you what I say to my neighborhood kids–find your passion and pursue it as far as it can go. Get to know yourself inside. Find what moves you and you will find your place in the world. Be true to your heart and follow the pursuits that you genuinely enjoy, not the ones other people tell or expect you to follow. Set lofty goals, expect great things from yourself. If you fail, pick yourself up and give it another try. Believe in your capacity to do anything. Nothing is impossible if you believe in yourself. 🙂

  2. Nora said

    Love scrolling through your quotes. “He who resolves in haste soon repents,” is one of my favorites. I need to keep that in mind more often. Maybe that’ll be my new fridge post! 🙂

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