John Marsden Writing Topic #426
‘Education involves both a learning and an unlearning.’ What have you needed to unlearn and learn? What do you still need to unlearn and learn?**
What I have needed to learn:
-How to walk, talk, ride a bike, swim and go to the toilet.
-I had to learn all about English, Maths, Science, HSIE, history, geography, metalwork, woodwork, art, cooking, sewing, computers, drama, dance, music, society & culture, legal studies and tourism in school.
-I had to learn that I have to work hard to get what I want.
-I had to learn how to drive.
-I had to learn how to manage my money.
-I had to learn that dating is not as good as I thought it was growing up.
-I had to learn that moving away to follow your dreams is the best thing you can do for yourself.
-I had to learn that moving away and starting over isn’t that scary and in fact can be fun.
-I had to learn that some people who are supposed to love you just don’t.
-I had to learn that it is possible to have a happy and healthy relationship.
-I had to learn that you can’t rush moving on.
-I had to learn that a good education doesn’t provide guarantees.
-I had to learn that you can’t always achieve your dreams straight away.
What I have needed to unlearn:
-That screaming my lungs out and throwing a tantrum is not the way to get what I want.
-That I can’t eat whatever I want and nothing will happen to me (I will gain weight and my health will suffer)
-Holding onto people and emotions for too long (I have to move on).
-Perfection doesn’t exist and I don’t need to be a perfectionist or perfect (this is something I’m currently trying to unlearn).
-Going to a great deal of effort to avoid getting hurt, especially when dating (it doesn’t work).
**Reference: Marsden J 1998, Everything I Know About Writing, Pan Macmillan, Australia.