TO be honest I think I have been a closet unschooler for a long time, maybe since middle school days - what I meanis though in younger days I recall enjoying school and waiting for it every day / week, at some point that enjoyment was replaced by dread - this dread peaked in middle school and then faded into the background but somehow it was still there and I remember in high school and especially in college always being more interested in reading books not on our syllabus and even being more interested in the required reading after the semester was over. I would be int he library with exams & papers due and get utterly lost reading a book that was not required for myclass (but was nonetheless a scholarly book). Something about being required just made me unable to focus on the reading, I still dont know why because I was certianly a fan of getting good grades and getting approval from the prof.
ANYWAY now that no reading is required of me, I too voraciously devour books on history, politics, health, birth and countless other topics. My first stop in the library is the New Non Fiction shelf, and I often follow the numbers of an interesting book to get more books on the same topic from the stacks. It's about as systematic as I get. I browse through a few books and pick the one that hooks me and take it home. Or just take them all ;-)
What I would really like to learn is to be more artistic. I never did much art / craft all through childhood, being focussed on academics. I do art with dd but I am very perfunctory. I would love to learn to draw or paint, but can't overcome my feeling that I can't do it. I keep drawing the same flowers and houses ...
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