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.

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