I built the last LEGO set I have today. This one is of a lighthouse:
My hands are officially wrecked. My fingers hurt and my nails are butchered. But all the building I’ve done through this recent LEGO obsession has been SO worth it. Not only has it been a blast building all this awesome stuff (See the Millennium Falcon and behold the awesomeness there to see what I mean!), it’s also helping me work through my thoughts on going back to school.
I know, it’s kind of strange to say that it helped me thinking on things, especially since when I was building LEGOs, I was either listening to audiobooks or watching marathons. Yet somehow, I still did sort things out more. Not completely yet. Almost there I think though.
The gist is I’m going back to school. I’ve been thinking about going back for math for the past year and I’ve finally decided that yes, I am indeed going back to school for math.There’s such a beauty in math and the fact that I keep ignoring that seems like I’m trying to deny myself the ability to breathe. Though, who knows? I could take some classes and realize it’s not for me. But at least I will have tried! :)
The part I haven’t resolved yet is what else I’m going back for. Part of me is thinking of a combined natural science/math degree, perhaps focusing that science on environmental science. Another part of me keeps thinking, how in the world can I neglect computer programming? So, while I haven’t figured it out completely yet, I do know that math will be part of whatever I do.
I’ve already started working on refreshing my memory of it since EGAD, it’s been a century since I took the basics. To help with refreshing the cobwebbed noggin’, I got a few classes through The Great Courses. Right now I’m working my way through Algebra II. Then I’ll move on through Trig & Pre-Calc, then Calc, and I’ll finish up with a class on differential equations. At that point, I’ll take a placement test and see what kinds of classes I should start with.
I’m not sure yet when I’ll start. I have programming classes to take for ye ol’ day job this Fall too. I may not start the math until Winter, but I may take a science class sooner. Who knows? There is also writing to fit in somewhere too. I have short stories nagging at me and my trilogy lurking at me from my desk. My schedule is about to get very interesting to say the least. But it’ll be worth it!
It seems fitting to me that this last LEGO set I worked on is of a lighthouse. It’s that literal moment of clicking on the light and thinking, yes, I will do this. I have to try. It’s so time to shake my life up a bit!
Oh! I also found it interesting that this particular LEGO set came with instructions for a boathouse:
and a seafood restaurant:
Working through it, I paid particular attention to what pieces were turned into completely different things from one set to another. It reminded me how ideas can change shape and transform into something that doesn’t even hint at the initial inkling. Yes, my head was very rambly today while I built these. It happens. :P But it reminded me that going to school to take a few classes is just step one. Who knows where it will take me? I may end up taking completely different classes next year. And I’m excited by the where this will lead. Woot!
And that’s that for this ramble. Have a happy night all! :)