“The best thing for being sad," replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something. That's the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.”
― T.H. White, The Once and Future King
I’m not so very sad at the moment, but I believe this quote is still applicable. Is there any better feeling than when you have learnt something new and fascinating about the world?
One of the things that is so completely turning me on right now is my uni work. Crazy? Maybe. But all that thinking, analysing, pondering – it does do me good. It’s part of the process to finding inner peace. Another fun thing – as you might have noticed here on the blog – is the learning Slovak by doing. Translating. It’s so much fun! I still don’t speak the language, but it’s rewarding to see how well I actually understand it. *Patting myself on the head*.