It isn’t unusual to see signs of fatigue during residency training. In particular, the month of February seems to be a difficult time. It is often at this time in the academic year that many of our trainees lose sight of their goals and aspirations. Many of the routine administrative tasks required of them go undone. Even the most disciplined are often challenged. They may fail to respond to pages and emails and sometimes during conversations, their eyes glaze over and they just stare at you. There is a definitive lack of enthusiasm for the journey they once began. What is needed is a “second wind”.
It seems that there were signs of a similar weariness in a few of the blogs last week and many of the comments echoed these sentiments. I, too, was feeling that mid-semester drag – a lull in my otherwise boundless zeal for learning. Contemplating what might renew my energy, I reread the learning goals for Adlt 641. That seemed to help me refocus but what really grabbed my attention was simply rethinking the title of this course, “Exploration of Digital Media for Adult Learning”. Specifically, it was that word, “exploration” that caught my attention. A renewed sense of adventure seemed to take hold as I contemplated this idea of exploring so many yet unknowns in the world of digital media. With so many assignments before me, it was hard to choose a direction. I finally decided to have a little fun and take Mel up on the challenge to “explore” FB.
Believe it or not, Wally is now on FB. Now, honestly, if someone remembers Wally from Patrick Henry High School Class of 1972, I’m really going to start worrying. I don’t have any “friends” yet but it is not from a lack of trying to find friends. There are some of our classmates I simply could not locate. Either I am really FB challenged or there are privacy settings which prevent me from finding some of these friends. I did, however, find a few of my classmates and think that I invited them to “friend me” but did I? I searched for Katherine and when some mean looking dude’s picture came up with the same name as Katherine T., I was a little surprised. Now I have to wonder just who I might have inadvertently connected with. You don’t think I should be afraid, do you? I tried to find Rhett but there a Rhett W. in Utah and another who pictured himself driving a go-cart. I didn’t think that either of them were you, Rhett, or were they?
I guess the thing about exploration is that you never really know just how it might turn out. I think that’s the point – it’s the adventure that makes it all worthwhile. There may be surprises, frustrations or disappointments in exploratory learning. Ultimately, hopefully, there will be gratification in gaining some new knowledge, skill and/or experience. In the process of learning, sometimes you just hit a wall and it is during those times that one must reach deep inside and find a “second wind” in order not to concede the rewards which come with pressing through.
I’m going to keep exploring this FB thing. I can’t imagine it will be quite the thrill for Wally that it is for some others, but I just hope it won’t be like a Three Dog Night song.
Here’s to you finding your “second wind”!