On Documenting one’s lifelong learning journey and why it matters.
– It has to do with self-knowledge. The documenting process will asks us for a sort of storytelling, a narrative that charts good guesses, emotional states along the inquiries we are engaged in, the failures, the way we think — or used to think — inviting reflection, self-reflection, hidden insights into the models from which we are operating in towards solving any issue at hand, and more.
– It will bring back with itself all the experience and feelings attached to the process involved in one’s learning journey. For, after all, it is about the emotional rewards of any task we are after, the psychological profits, such as the filling of needs such as being creative, gains in self-esteem, seeking novelty, getting some order in our lives, etc.
– It will serve ourselves as a way of looking back and witness our progress as learners, thinkers, as well as emotional beings maturing as we go, unfolding through our lives. The documents will work as living fossils of how hard the struggle for a discovery outcome actually was when at the present moment, all we may recall about the route to the solution is that of it being a rather a straightforward one. A clear, simple-minded finding, perhaps. It will remind us of insight into what now seems par for the course was once a hard toil.
– It unfolds the key theme that it is the process or the journey, that ultimately matters, the workings in doubt, the puzzling over paradoxes and how hard it was to overcome them, as much as how we grew with them.
– It speaks of how creativity is deeply rooted in and linked to human nature, how it is also the flame that keeps us alive, willing to live more.
– It also tells us about how learning and creating can work as elixirs, medicine, therapy against sadness, boredom, and despair.
– One last reason I can conceive of at this moment is that for anyone interested in the nature of thought and cognition, those records offer gold mines to the way we think.