My Life as a Pivot
I am pivoted from one location, to another. I turn, and move suddenly to a new route. I change.
May is the month of graduation ceremonies. Nearly 3 decades ago, I walked down the aisle in my cap and gown to receive my third, and final, degree. The formal procession marked the end of 9 years of diligent work in which I earned 3 university degrees at 2 different universities, in 2 different states. Of course, I was happy to reach the lofty educational goals I set. But, even so, I had a strange sense of loss because I was leaving the environment of being a student in the myriad of classrooms over those years. I loved being a student. When that final diploma was in my hand, I knew I stood at a fork in the road. This achievement meant that I had reached dividing point between my student-centered life of studies and my new academic life as a professional educator.
When students begin to pursue the academic goals that lead to a college degree, they decide to embrace a future-centered environment that will involve them in life-long learning.
I eventually understood that even as a first semester freshmen, a university student is already a professional. It is the decision to begin this journey that propels a student into a professional. It is the decision that marks the change and not the receipt of the final degree. The final graduation ceremony was the turning point for me because it signified a momentous modification in direction. I mourned the loss of being in a classroom, as a student, for many years. Honestly, I wanted to be a student forever.
On reflection of those years, I can say I wrote more research papers than I can remember. Writing and researching various topics in my fields of fine arts and humanities motivated me and urged me onward in pursuit of wisdom.
I thrived on doing research at the library; searching through the pages of various periodicals or books was a passion.
In the process of writing papers, I discovered new research. I felt like an archaeologist digging in a multi-layered excavation site. Every page I turned just might lead to a new discovery. New discoveries revealed a new set of questions and new paths to pursue.
We often find hidden pathways and ancient passages in the debris and dust we gather as we write our papers. There is always something that compels us to explore. Dig deeper. In the course of researching and writing papers, I experienced the unexpected or unknown. It is in these pivots of our life that we encounter our true self as we continually ask:
“What if?” “Now what?” “Where will this lead me?” “What is this world view?”
Miriam Webster’s Dictionary reveals that a pivot can be a noun or a verb. Yes, I can see it both ways but when I think of this word, pivot, I feel like an action is taking place. This word indicates a movement, to me. Research brings me to new information. New conclusions.
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