I don’t mind wandering. I feel like I spend a lot of my life wandering. I feel like I’m always randomly walking around new neighborhoods, new countries, and new hometowns. I spent much of my life unsure of why people need travel guides or scripted lessons. I don’t take pictures of people or places because I don’t want to stop the flow of a moment, conversation, or experience. Five year plans frighten me. Heck, five month plans make me nervous. I’m not lazy by any means, but I don’t always have goals. I’m challenged daily by my life and I appreciate all of the opportunities I have been afforded. Miraculously, my lack of direction has lead me almost exactly where I want to be.
I’m not sure the point of this blog yet. That’s why I’ve put off starting one. I know I should plan my message and to tailor it for an audience. That’s not going to work for me. I’ll never start if I try to do that. I’ve read other blogs of people who know a lot more than me. Annoyingly, those same people can also write with more style and eloquence than me. So the fact I’m not sure where I’m going makes me more nervous than I thought it would.
To see if you want to wander with me, here’s what I am imagining. I want this to be a place where I reflect on what I’m learning. So you know, some things I like to learn about: teaching, technology, beer, travel, geography, funky maps, what kids are thinking, how to help kids learn, education reform, good food, challenges of international schools, Third Culture Kids, Apple products, MYP, history, museums, collecting stuff, Theory of Knowledge, reading, and writing lessons. I hope to share resources, lessons that work for me, and mistakes I have made.
One of the things I like best about walking with a friend is the pace lets you talk about everything and anything. You learn about each other. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that a “ramble” can be an aimless discussion or a casual walk. The definition of ramble I learned today is, “to follow an irregularly winding course of motion or growth.” I love that.
I’m going to see where this goes. I’m going on a ramble. Want to come with me?