I think I am stuck…I just read The Seasons of a Woman Life, by Daniel J. Levinson, and I realized I am stuck. When looking at my life, I am feeling that perhaps I didn’t do so hot in the “culminating life structure for early adulthood stage.” This is a time when I was supposed to be “forming a structure with in which I can establish a more secure place for myself in society” (26). Well, during this time I got married, quit a job, got a divorce, changed careers, moved to Japan, moved back, changed careers again. Does that sound particularly secure or stable?
So how does this impact me as a learner? I think the first step of any learning is realizing you don’t know something. “Know not know,” is the phrase I have heard in the past. And this is a painful stage. It’s the one that comes after the “ignorance is bliss” stage. Oh, for the bliss of being un-diagnosised.
I did some additional self-diagnosis in examining the generational differences. For me, it was a bit like horoscopes. Take the label off and you can get that feeling of “that’s me” from each of these descriptions. I did take a test once that measured how much you have in common with Gen Y (millennials). I actually got a 91%! So I am always interested in the descriptions of the other groups. I do feel I have the least in common with Gen X, even though I am on the cusp.
It has been difficult for me to pin down my learning style definitively. I do like to experience some things, I like to attend lectures by really good speakers, I like to take notes and create visuals of concepts. So what does that make me?
So in conclusion, and so forth, and I would have to say (to quote a pageant contestant) I want to have learning experiences that stimulate and help me evolve. I definitely have some internal motivation, an important part of being an adult learner. But for now, I am going to have the rest of my latte and ponder how if I have really entered a developmental crisis phase, or read my New Yorker. Self-reflection, this is a form of learning, too, isn’t it?
Source: Levinson, Daniel J. 1996. The seasons of a woman’s life.Knopf. New York.