I also was a teacher for many years so that desire to share my knowledge is ingrained. I want to help and inform if I can. BUT it seems that some of the people I meet now do not want to know that they do not know as much as I do. Sounds arrogant, doesn’t it?
Well, I did not have a traditional life. Don’t get me wrong, I tried to be normal – I got married (more than once – would not give up on tradition), created a home, did all the housewifely things, but it just did not work for me. No children were forthcoming or things might have been different. I have always wanted to know “what if?” And I have acted accordingly because I had the freedom to do so.
As I said, I even taught school (a traditional job for a wife and mother), but I was still searching for and sharing my acquired knowledge. Of course, a classroom was a perfect venue for my collection of “facts.” But outside the classroom I found myself “sharing” with others, too.
Then, I got the job of my dreams – it involved traveling. I worked 9 to 10 hours daily when “out of town,” but I still found time to visit the museums and places of interest in the city where I was working. (more of that acquired knowledge) I also met so many new people who were not anything at all like I was or my friends when growing up. These people had cultures and thoughts that I had never heard. I absorbed it all.
I am still “learning” about things all the time. I hope, as I get even older, the brain will hold out. I love experiencing new things. I know; we older people are not supposed to be comfortable with new things – what can I say? I am just a weird old gal who wants to know where that road goes or who that unusual person is. I want to "understand" that new technology. I am a hopeless student - not a know it all. And I am promising myself that I will become quieter around people who do not want to know what I know. A hard task for a sharer, but I am going to try.