Live and Learn

Todd - Dixon, Illinois
Entered on February 18, 2009
Age Group: 30 - 50
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As we go through life, we have the capacity as humans to live our lives as well as we can. We encounter a plethora of situations, both good and bad, that enable us to adapt to our environment which has made us the dominate species on the planet. This developmental process is what has separated persons such as Albert Einstein and Socrates from all other creatures on Earth.

I am always learning and processing all the information that my ears hear and what my eyes can see. In my life, there have been moments that have been very easy for me to adjust to and learn from and others that have been extremely difficult; however these moments have also molded me.

Life is too short and precious for me not to appreciate my ability to live and learn. All of my friends and family know that I love to play golf. I have taken a few lessons at the Emerald Hill Golf Learning Center and bought a few DVD’s to help me. My favorite DVD that I have learned from was made by Butch Harmon. This shows me the proper swing technique, (that I do not have yet AARRGGHH!) the correct stance, posture, and mental toughness it takes to play this game. As I watch the DVD, I am usually in the living room with my golf clubs trying to repeat what I see on the television screen. This is not always the easiest thing to do. Butch has shown me the correct place to put the ball in relation to my stance and this has helped me on the golf course. I do not always shoot lower than one hundred but when I do, I gain confidence in knowing that all of my hard work is slowly paying off. Now that the golfing season is close at hand I am certainly ready to take the knowledge that I have learned over the winter to the golf course and see if all of my practice in the living room has been worth it.

Life is constantly changing and evolving me differently everyday as I learn how to respond to the ever-changing situations that life throws at me. Learning helps me to process information, form opinions, and allows me be an individual. I can decide to learn from my mistakes or I can let them dictate how I live my life. Learning from my mistakes and applying the knowledge that I have acquired helps me to make better decisions. To live in this world makes me responsible to others and help others live and learn.