Have you seen the image of the wave at the top of my first post? Do you know why I have chosen it to illustrate my blog? Simply because it represents my metaphor for learning. Most of us have at some time or another studied about metaphors at school in Language or Literature classes. But if we stop to think for a moment, we can discover that many of us use metaphors to express how we feel about something. For me, learning is like riding inside a magnificent blue wave, what professional surfers call tube riding. What does this metaphor express for me? That learning means movement, like the sea that is in constant movement, because movement means changing and evolving, and learning always leaves a change in us, in the way we perceive the world and also ourselves. And it is a joyful ride, a pleasant journey, a lifelong process, and something that refreshes or renews me. That's how I feel about it. But there's more in this metaphor. It is like riding into a beautiful blue tunnel of water with the sun shining through all along the way, so it is a tunnel that is not closed but open to receiving light from outside; in fact, you can see the sun at the end of the tunnel if you observe a surfer riding inside a wave. Also, the surfer has to be attentive to keep balance and adapt to the way the water moves, so as to enjoy the ride for as long as he can. So being open and flexible are positive attitudes that will surely help us as we learn.
Now, what does learning mean in the 21st century? Well, if you want to know what I think, I invite you to read my next post. Meanwhile, enjoy your learning ride!
And enjoy this wonderful video of tube riding. I hope you like it.