Fanaticism for Anything is Addiction

14Feb11

I have to be honest here…I’m addicted. Given my background and how others view me, it’s rather embarrassing to admit, but I am completely and utterly addicted. It’s all I can think about, talk about, and even dream about. I’m so ashamed because I know I’m out of control, but I feel the need to confess my addiction in a public yet anonymous way.

I am addicted to school.

I love everything about learning something new in an institution that challenges me. I can’t get enough of it. I have had to conceal my addiction to education for quite some time now. I mean, it’s rather embarrassing. But, when I go home at night, I steal away to my bedroom, shut the door, turn out the lights so that I’m sure no one can see me, and then I surf the internet for college and/or university programmes that interest me. I mean, I don’t think you understand what I’m talking about here…I literally view dozens and dozens of universities and colleges, read all about the programmes they offer, and get excited about what else I can learn pretty much every night! I think about ways that I can find enough money to get my next hit; all I want to do is sit in a classroom and learn.

So far, I’ve found some pretty interesting courses at some great schools, and I really don’t think it can get much better than that. Right now, the courses that interest me the most are Earliest English Literature, Social Deviance, and Microsoft Office Proficiency. Seriously…those are the courses I want to take. Permit me to take a minute to explain the reasons why:

I speak English (obviously) and studied English Literature in school, and, as a result, I became fascinated with England. I assume that those reasons are enough to valid my interest in the Earliest English Literature programme. If not, well, it doesn’t really matter. Besides, this is my addiction, not yours.  😉

As for Social Deviance, I think that my desire to enrol in this course is due to my unending devotion to Max Haines. If you’re not familiar with that name, I’ll explain simply by saying that he was an author who used to write articles for the Toronto Sun, and he always told some macabre tale of murder most fowl. Those stories intrigued me (and most other Torontonians) for years, so learning a bit more about what causes a person to be socially deviant became, in a word, captivating.

My final choice, the Microsoft Office Proficiency course, may come as a bit of a surprise. I know that most people are quite comfortable using MS Office, and just love to flaunt their skills with Excel and Access to the rest of us, but I really haven’t had the need to know it…until now. I think that this course offers a comprehensive programme in using Office, and the longer I put off learning it, the worse things will get! So, if I enrol in this course, perhaps I will be able to flaunt all of my Access skills to my unsuspecting friends, rendering them speechless. I have to admit, that would feel pretty good.

So, those are my top choices (for now). And, as previously stated, I will continue to scour the internet until I can find that next course that intrigues me. At that point, I will probably begin to shake with excitement, and allow the thought of enrolling in that programme to overtake my mind, until I satisfy my craving and just enrol. What a rush that will be.

If there’s a 12-step programme for people like me, I don’t want to know about it…

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14 Responses to “Fanaticism for Anything is Addiction”

  1. Hi there, well there are certainly more harmful addictions out there. So what is the plan with all the knowledge you hope to gain? You want to teach?

  2. lol! Yes, you’re right…there are much worse things to be addicted to, I suppose. Well, I’m not sure that I actually have a plan as to what to do with all of the knowledge I may gain. I think that I just like learning about random things that I find interesting, even if I don’t ever use them in life. lol.

    I suppose I just never want to be stagnant in my life; if I’m constantly learning, then I’m constantly moving forward.

  3. Hi there, I will just dive right in. Okay in my opinion one of the main reasons for knowledge is to better self and then hopefully others. For me, I want to learn more about the Lord and His way, so I can improve my life and the lives of others.

    The bible says that without a vision the people perish (Prov 29:18) . So if we don’t have a dream or goal, we can be, like you said, stagnant. We have no direction and end up doing things just to do them and for no certain reason. We work out and eat right because we want to be healthy and maybe look good. Not just to do them.

    You have a college education so already you are further in life than a lot of people. And since you are hungry for knowledge you probably know a lot more than what you learned in school. So you can take what you know and take aim at something or someone you are passionate about. Like the Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 13: If we have powers and possess all knowledge but have not God’s love in me, I am useless.

    Seems like you are Chrisitan, do you like sharing your faith?

    Wow, I sure hope I am not seeming like the authority figure being negative and over stepping my bounds…?

    When I was early 20’s I was always learning. I would ask questions, read, research and anything else to get more knowledge. But there was no reason for it other than vanity. I liked to show off what I knew. I was not an arrogant person or anything like that. I was a model and actor before I met Jesus and I was always very nice to people and a hopeless romantic. So even though women liked me, I only liked one of them. But after I became a Christian I started to see the plan God had in mind for me. So then everything I did had to line up with His will for my life. So that means, if I wanted to take 2 years and learn the culinary arts, i would have to convince God that it is important to His mission for me. The more I got closer to Christ the less I cared about the other things that were at one time important to me. I just wanted to please Him. Telling people about Him pleases Him and it also pleases me. There is nothing better than seeing someone with no hope, no faith and no love suddenly coming alive to all 3.

    Okay, so I talked for a bit. Hope it was not too much. If it doesn’t relate to you then hopefully someone reading will be blessed by it.

    My name is Mitchell btw.

    Blessings to you!

    • Hey Mitchell!

      Thanks for the reply! Hopefully I’ll be able to address all of what you asked of me…or at least most of it!

      Well, I certainly think that having a formal certification aids in the pursuit of knowledge, but it doesn’t stop there. I am curious about so many different things in life and since there are so many different educational avenues available to me, why not try them all out, right? 🙂

      I believe that God has given us the ability to constantly learn new things and adapt them to our lives, so it is imperative that we continually utilise what we’ve learned in order to do our utmost for His highest (yes, I’m referencing Oswald Chambers here…lol). I believe that there is purpose for everything that we do, and there is purpose behind our interests in that God placed those interests within us in order than we may fulfill His plan for us. So, since I am naturally curious about most things in life, I aim to learn about them in order to fulfill whatever path is set out before me.

      Thanks again for reading and commenting!

      • Hi, as long as we believe that what we are doing is advancing His kingdom. Then we are okay.

        My point was that sometimes we have to give up things in order to be of greater use. Like I wanted to be an actor. I had an agent and my career was just about to get going but I gave it up for a greater good. Now I realize that becoming famous (hypothetically) is a big platform in which to demonstrate my faith but God did not want that for me. He wanted to raise me up, a small town boy from North Dakota (Hi neighbor!) and turn me into a mighty man of faith. He does not need Hollywoods help. Besides, it is a much greater testimony to take someone from humble beginnings and make them into a leader than taking a celebrity and molding him/her into what is required.

        Please don’t think I am being silly. I just saw your blog and was interested.

        Like I said, we have to check our motives. If we want something, how does it benefit the Kingdom of God. Because something we do CAN be used for His glory does not mean it should be or was meant to be.

        Blessings.

        I was actually surprised you liked my blog. I have another up. 😀

  4. You’re right…He certainly doesn’t need any help from us or Hollywood to get things done! lol. Why would you be surprised that I liked your blog? You’re a great writer! 🙂

  5. Hello, well I just wasn’t sure if you were a Christian. By the wording of your title (this blog) I thought you might be. We have certain language I guess. haha.

    Do you have a more detailed bio? I am trying to do more work on my site but err… Wish I wasn’t so particular sometimes.

    Blessings

    • Well, to be honest, the title of this blog simply pertains to my addiction to school…lol. And, unfortunately, I do not have a more detailed bio…this is it. To be honest, I’m not sure what else I would even say on my bio! lol.

      And don’t worry about your site; sometimes it just takes a while to fiddle with it until you get it to look exactly right. I’m still working on mine too! 😀

      • Good morning, yeah I was just wanting to know where you are coming from. Like your beliefs. What kind of church do you attend etc. You don’t have to tell me though. Blessings!

  6. Ah, I see! Well, I don’t really put out a whole lot of personal information online. Face-to-face conversations? No problem. All over the internet? Not so sure. lol.

    Blessings to you as well! 🙂

  7. This is a real problem that a lot of people I know have. It doesn’t seem to be too much of a problem provided you can eventually substitute the paid education with seeking it out on you own. I knew some sad souls that could never learn something for themselves though at were always at the mercy of others.

    Obviously the addiction has served you well so far. You’re intelligent, objective and can think critically. That’s already placed you at an advantageous level. I endorse any future learning that you do, provided it doesn’t break your bank or take time way from other adventures.

    Oh, and there are great MS Office tutorials online.

    • Well, I’m glad I’m not the only one to be addicted. I agree with you that you need to move beyond constantly being taught by others in order to develop your own education through personal experience. I mean, if you rely on others to tell you what to think and how to think, you’re really not learning too much, are you?

      Thanks for the compliments I’m glad that, should I decide to take on another course, you will support me in that…I never want you to think of me as a fool, Posky. 😉

  8. 13 ferrari86243

    wow lotta wordpresses

  9. Check Google, but I think you’re fine!
    You’re well-adjusted, as well.


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