A local college sent us their course listings for the upcoming semester (I guess beginning in February?) and I browsed through it.
Lots of interesting stuff. I would love to have the free time to take a college class here and there, only this time it would be strictly interesting material and nothing having to do with fulfilling requirements or keeping my advisor happy. (Come to think of it, that was my last three years of college. My Freshman year was the nightmare.)
Back at the old house in Angeltown, when my Patient Husband was cleaning out some of the five tons of papers we’d stashed there, he handed me the entire contents of a three-ring binder (weighing about 400 pounds) and asked me to put it into the recycling bin.
Because the separate sections were all stapled, I had to spend time removing staples before it went into the bin, and I saw it was the “textbook” for a course on the way war strategy had changed in conjunction with the changes in warfare technology. It’s not something I would ever have chosen to take in college, and it wouldn’t have worked well with a dual-major in English and Religion, but seeing the contents of the class, I realized it was fascinating.
I thought toward my guardian angel, “I hope there are tons of classes we can take in Heaven. Classes in every subject, and we can just enroll and learn things and study things like this for all eternity.”
I heard a reply: Some people would consider that Hell.
I laughed. But I know I’m not the only one because my father often tells me “When you stop learning, you start dying.”
Some of the happiest people I know are people who continue to take classes in new areas no matter how old they are. They just love learning for the sake of learning, even if it’s not “practical” and don’t view study as a necessary evil, like medicine that needs to be dosed out.
When the kids get older, my Patient Husband wants to re-learn how to play the cello. I would love to take classes in drawing, in music. I want to learn to drive a standard-shift car. I want to learn to play the violin for real.
Here’s your question, and answer in the comment box: if you could take any course whatsoever, if time and money weren’t a problem, what would it be? What would you like to learn about? And if you have a preference as to who would teach it, name that too.