Teaching and Learning

Ethan, 2014 (photo credit: Christian Espinoza)

I crave information as if it was oxygen, so for the past few years I have sunken my teeth into a plethora of non-fiction books. Subjects stemming from physics to art, business to theology, mindfulness to archeology, to name a few.

I grew up reading horror fiction and listening to 60’s bands like The Doors, Little Brother and The Holding Company, and Simon and Garfunkel (old soul, I heard it before). Poets like Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison struck me at the core, and laid the foundation for listening and learning.

I figured our that the more I filled my head with knowledge, the better I understood the world around me. It made sense, however still, every few years I would realize how much I actually didn’t know. It happened at 18, at 25, at 30, and most recently at 35. There’s a entire universe to soak in.

Five years ago I started teaching studio photography, camera and lighting for beginners of all ages. I taught groups as well as individuals, and one thing I noticed is that when I teach I also learn. It works the other way around too, so when I learn I naturally teach. I have come to realize that the two are one in the same.

They say knowledge is king and I believe them. If you really want to create a kingdom worth its weight in gold, then share that knowledge and don’t hold back. You can structure your lessons however way you see fit, but be willing to let people in and experience learning for themselves.

The only way we will grow as a people and as a planet is to keep sharing and handing down knowledge, the way we have been doing for centuries.

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