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It's Never Too Late To Learn To Fly

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learn_to_flyIt is said, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” I think that the only old dogs that cannot learn new tricks are those that have given up on living. For me, living isn’t just about sustaining life, it is living it to its fullest. When we relinquish the quest for learning, our mind becomes idle, our body follows suit, and we begin to die.

I am grateful to my family because they have shown me that it is never to late to learn or try new things. My grandfather learned to play tennis at the age of 70. My grandmother was so hip that she could talk to me about men and sex when I had just graduated college – she talked to me as my trusted friend and wise advisor. My mother started and completed law school just before she turned 50, and pulled all-nighters in the office alongside my peers. My father started to speak, write, and read Mandarin at 71 years young. As for me, I’m going to be 45 next month. I’m back in school to become a professional photographer as part of a career change from business, and I’ve taken up the violin alongside my daughter. No, it’s not part of a mid-life crisis, it’s just about living and learning, and experiencing life.

My father wrote the following poem and dedicated it to his Chinese teacher who continues to inspire him to learn and grow young (the Mandarin version follows below the English):

Beijing 1607
Intellectual Renewal In Late Ming China
Of
Xu Guangqi 1562-1633


The Jesuits’, who introduced European culture to China, brought the first translation of “The Elements of Euclid”, in 1607. The translation of this epoch-making textbook on deductive geometry meant a confrontation of contemporary Chinese and European cultures.


This Poem is dedicated to my Teacher Cao Hong Wilson:

 

Two Parallel lines never meet

I see a goal

I see the image

Almost hear the answer

My mind tries to triangulate its presence

Two parallel lines never meet

 

I strain my eyes to see it better

I Locate the image in space and time

The sound is clear in my ears

Everything is focused

My mind has a life of its own

The image shifts again and again

Many times over and over

Two Parallel lines never meet

 

No matter how hard I try

I deny the answer

Human nature

Does not follow Euclid

Two Parallel lines never meet

 

By: Shi An

 

 

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Mompreneur Musings & The Quest For Balance talks about the challenges I faced while running Zoe Foods for 10 years, and my current search for a new career that will also allow me the time to focus on being a mom to two little girls, a wife, a friend, and a daughter. I am trying to create more balance in my life, knowing now that balance among career, family, and self occurs over one’s lifetime rather than in each day. Please join me on my journey and share your own experiences.

Keep dreaming, keep believing, keep achieving.

Tori-

 


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