“I learn by going where I have to go.”
—Theodore Roethke, 20th Century American Poet
As a child, my wife Wendy took many road trips with her family. Back then, maps and triptiks by the Automobile Club were the main ways of getting from one point to the next. For the adventurous, a few side trips could be built in.
Wendy’s family was different. They’d climb into their green country squire station wagon with rear facing seats for the kids. Each person was given a chance to tell Dad which way to turn between driving segments. Keeping their eyes open for new sites to explore or new places to grab a bite helped them learn about their world by going.
To what degree have you come to realize the value of experiential learning? How has learning by going carved the grooves in your record of life?
Where and how have you learned where you have to go by going? Feel free to reply to this post with your own examples or stories of getting out there.