Learn from others

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Hello wonderful people!

Have you ever thought about what you are doing? About your life, about who you are?

Throughout my life i have spoken to many people and they all answer similarly to the question “Who are you?” They answer with they profession or area. “I’m a doctor” or “I’m an artist” or “I’m a engineer” or… you get the point.

What would you answer?

I used to answer the same way, but lately i’ ve been thinking about why i answer it. Let me explain.

I believe everyone in this world is born for a reason. And that reason might be being an artist or a cook or a business person. Yes, we are all different beings, having different visions and hopes for life, but in the end we are all the same, human.

And for us to grow up kind and compassionate, i believe we need each other. When we learn from each other, from other people’s fortunes and misfortunes, we can show empathy and be happy for their fortunes, sad from their misfortunes. We ultimately learn what we want and not want for our lives. We hear other peoples’ perspectives about their own experience with living and take away our conclusions in order to go forward in our path. We learn to be better versions of ourselves.

In order to learn from others, we need to be open minded and adaptable to what life can offer. So for example, when we say “I’m a doctor, i only know of medicine”, we are closing ourselves to that field of knowledge. It is of course vast but, in my opinion, when we learn about other fields, when we gather other types of knowledge, we become more empathic and more adaptable.

I’m going to use an example from a series i love, “Avatar: The Last Airbender”. (Shout out for all the fans out there!)

In these series, there are four groups of people: The Water Tribe, the Earth Kingdom, the Fire Nation and the Air Nomads. In this universe, some are benders, people who control the elements. For example, some air nomads are airbenders and can control air. The Avatar has the duty to learn all four types of bending and restore balance to the world with the elements’ power.

In an episode, Uncle Iroh, a wise retired general from the Fire Nation (one of my favorite characters of all time, i wish i had an uncle like that in real life!) teaches Zuko, his nephew and banished prince, that they can and should learn from all the elements, although they are firebenders.

He then teaches his nephew a firebending technique that consists in redirecting lightning, a technique he himself learned from observing the waterbenders.

The lesson here is: we should learn from other areas of expertise in order to upgrade our skills in what we know and do best.

I try to apply it in my life as much as i can. I’m an artist, a dancer, an actress. But i learned a lot about design, cooking and baking, permaculture, piano playing, leadership and management, personal finance, interpersonal communication, psychology, typing, Yoga and now i am doing a massage course (this is as close to science as i’ve ever been). I love learning about other cultures and other religions, meet new people and see the world through their prespective.

I believe i would just limit myself if i just learned about arts. Continuing to learn about all these topics (and other cultures and other religions as well) that interest me enables me to become a better artist in the future, as i am learning from many different areas and will use that learning to improve my arts skills and ultimately improve myself.

As for the answer to the question “who are you?”, i think i i’ ll just say “I’m Teresa, i’m a human being *big smile*.

Who are you?

If you want, write it in the comments, i’ ll be happy to read your answers šŸ™‚

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Teresa a.k.a Leo