At a party the other night I met a couple of people and one of them asked me what I do. I replied candidly, "Nothing. I don't do much..." That was stupid, Andrea. Recover, woman! "I'm learning many things, but I wouldn't say I do anything, at least not well." I wasn't saying to be mysterious or clever. I didn't necessarily want to talk about it, but simply spoke the very thoughts that came to my head when he asked the question. My answer was strange and I tried to recover - "I mean, my job is teaching. I teach kindergarten." .....awkward pause.... "I like it."
Then this person asked what I was learning about.
"Lots of things, I guess...how to knit...how to blog...how to be a good wife....a good friend...." at this point I was feeling kind of silly, but I kept going. "I have a lot to learn." Like how to make small talk at parties, I'm thinking to myself. I kind of wanted to crawl into a hole at that point.
At the risk of sounding egotistical, when I look back, I love what I said. Quite simply - it's true and I just said what was on my heart. Every day I'm learning something, and every day I'm reminded I have far to go in mastering that skill or relationship or ability.
"Hi, I'm Andrea. And I'm learning."