Through the four years I’ve been actively teaching, I’ve come to certain realizations. Good ones. First, that there is no such thing as having attained ‘complete knowledge’. This is a concept I was introduced to when I began learning Hindustani Vocal as a young boy. I heard my own Gurus and doyens of Classical Music say that they remained students their entire lives. That there was no limit to gaining knowledge, honing one’s craft, improving, evolving. Now, I am experiencing the same phenomenon myself. With each session, either as a result of interacting with a wide age-range of students who constantly keep me fresh with a perspective unique to that generation, or through having to answer a slew of diverse queries, I stay informed not only about my own subject but the world and its people. It is a beautiful thing to happen, especially to an educator – to stay fresh, relevant, and energized.
By that same token, I have been blessed to have students who are as young as five years, and as mature as fifty-five. That published authors and writers would come to a much younger and relatively inexperienced writer like myself to take a Writing Workshop is proof that there are people out there, living and breathing the philosophy I earlier mentioned. That despite their laurels, they are OPEN. To gaining more exposure, to putting themselves out there and being among other students, I suspect to gather different view points, a myriad of shared experiences, and partake of the buffet of knowledge that is served up with each new human interaction.
I am sharing this particularly addressing the many people who think that they are ‘past their prime’, that they’ve ‘missed the boat’. There is simply NO such thing. As the cliche goes – It is REALLY Never Too Late. And this is what Teaching has taught me. That a teacher can improve with each lesson, as can his students, no matter who or what they may be – that is the beauty of knowledge and shared, lifelong learning. An eternal quest that only rewards and enriches!