Do I know the answer to life, the universe and everything? No. Do I know the answer to most things? No. Am I even close to understanding even on the most basic level about most things? No. And, I am o.k. with that.
When I graduated from college, I was very bummed. It was a bummer, Dude. (Still so very So. Cal.) I didn't want to stop learning. I wanted to continue taking classes and finding out about everything. College is a protected time. I didn't have to work. I had a whole world of knowledge sitting in front of me in the shape of the college catalog. I could learn about anything.
One word of advice I received is one that I continue to pass along to those undergrads I meet: take at least one class a semester that has nothing to do with anything. I was given that advice when I thought I was going to be a civil engineering student and change the world. Or at least my town's sewer lines, or so it seemed. I made sure that every semester, one of my classes had nothing to do with math or science.
I learned archery, fencing, horseback riding. I studied celestial navigation and "Voice and Diction for the Theatre." I took Ancient Greek as my language requirement, Chinese philosophy, and Greek Theatre. When I changed to Journalism, I minored in English, and was two classes away from a double major. Lit and film, Lit and the theatre, Lit and poetry, I took them all. I also studied Egyptian literature and learned to sail.
Even at that time, I wished I could be a professional student. Funny how life turns out, because in some ways I am. I will always need to keep up with advances in medical care. I will always need to attend seminars on how to perform certain skills or keep current on the latest drugs. I will always want to learn more so that I may serve my patients better.
So here I am. At the age that is the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything. I know that there will be a lot of questions answered during this year. Where am I finally going to settle down. What is my house going to look like. Will my husband divorce me if I say I want another cat.
And there are a lot of unknowns... that's the fun part. It's fun knowing the answer and seeking the question because there are so many possibilities. You're not limited by a question; answers have no limits, because they could refer to just about anything. I think this will be the year of no limits because I already know that the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything is 42.