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Is there something you would to like to pursue or study but feel you can't?

Asked by Steve_A (5102 points ) September 8th, 2010

I’ve been giving it thought and serious consideration,but I can’t ever bring myself to do it, or that I can. I ain’t got the smarts for it is the bottom line.Just being honest with myself.

What about you? Whether it be education or anything in life even.
What is stopping you?
Do you plan to try?

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zen_'s avatar

I’m with you on that one. I know my limitations – and I’m putting all my energy and money into forwarding my kids’ choices.

TexasDude's avatar

I’ve been studying Arabic off and on for a while and it is hard as hell and there aren’t any good teachers around her, so progress hasn’t been smooth and I’ve considered giving up several times.

I plan to keep on trying anyway, as of now.

GeorgeGee's avatar

I’ve studied everything I’ve cared to so far, and I don’t intend to stop.

Les's avatar

I’d love to get my PhD. But after the four years spent getting my Master’s, I really can’t do that hell to myself again.

DominicX's avatar

I’d like to study as many languages as possible. I know it’s not realistic to study all the ones I want to, but after Japanese, I’d really like to study Turkish and Russian. There are, of course, many other languages that I am interested in…

talljasperman's avatar

physics (like neutrinos) ... my library system doesn’t put a priority on bridging high school with higher learning

weeveeship's avatar

Chess

It’s easy to learn, but hard to master. There are just too many variations. Learning tactics help but even then there are just too many tactical puzzles to work through. Not to mention that some players like to set traps or play more defensively.

Zyx's avatar

Drawing, not talented enough.

Supermath, not patient enough.

WestRiverrat's avatar

I would love to sail around the world on the HMS Victory, USS Constitution, or a similar warship from the era.

kenmc's avatar

Yes. Photography. I love it and would to do it for a living, but it would be next to impossible to get a job in the field. It makes me rather sad, to be honest.

faye's avatar

I want to learn Spanish and nothing is stopping me but laziness.

srmorgan's avatar

I make pottery at a membership based studio. I am fascinated by how glazes work, clay and minerals turned vitreous at high temperatures. A small change in a formulation can change the whole result, blue turns green, green turns pink.
I would love to spend time experimenting, firing different combinations and tinkering with recipes.
But I don’t have the funds to buy and maintain my own kiln, I don’t have the space to have one at home and the job precludes me from spending any more hours on pottery than I do now.
Have to wait for retirement I guess

Seaofclouds's avatar

I have a few ideas of what I would like to do in the future, but I haven’t decided which one I would really like to pursue. Once I decide I want to study something, I do it (even if it’s just a little bit on my own as time allows).

MissAnthrope's avatar

There are so, so many things I would study if I could. I have a really wide range of interests and I like learning at least a little bit about everything. If I had the means, like if I were rich, I wouldn’t work, I would just go to school and take loads of different classes. On top of academia, I’d take music classes, art, photography, and theater. That is my fantasy life!

shpadoinkle_sue's avatar

I would love to study physics and astronomy. I’m smart enough for it and I can commit myself pretty easily, but circumstances just aren’t right for it and probably won’t be for awhile.

phoebusg's avatar

Physical Chemistry. Don’t have the funds and time required due to other plans. But somehow, someday. I’ll either pursue it through a uni or alone.

deni's avatar

Geology. I love it. But I blow ass at science and would never make it through. Its very sad. It interests me so much.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

I want to learn how to play the cello. I feel like I’m probably a bit too old to start, and it would be odd to start getting lessons at my age, but I still may give it a try one of these days.

@deni Geology is pretty damn awesome.

Nullo's avatar

Pretty much all of the hard sciences. I’m good at concepts, but I can’t seem to get a firm grip on the mathematics. Same goes for business and computer science.
Given the resources, I would go back to school and never leave again.

Less academically, I’d like to learn blacksmithing, gunsmithing, basic carpentry, basic auto repair, electrical engineering, and some raw self-sufficiency skills. I am, however, bound to a capricious schedule by the term “full availability,” and do not feel that I could safely pursue these.
I seem to lack the self-discipline to buckle down and find a proper job, too. Any pointers there?

deni's avatar

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities yeah it is! it hit me even harder once i moved out here to CO. some guy in an art store recently was telling me about how he was reading up on the geology of the rocky mountains, and there was a mountain chain there BEFORE these current ones! we both were exclaiming how its just too much to comprehend, too much to wrap your brain around, ya know.

Nullo's avatar

@talljasperman Preferably something more autonomous, like my own self-discipline. Trouble is, that takes self discipline.

mammal's avatar

yes, economics, more philosophy, particularly the Frankfurt school and some more in the French continental tradition, more Spanish, French language and about a dozen books, plus some Yoga.

LostInParadise's avatar

I would like to pursue mathematics. I have a big problem with self-discipline. I will start studying something and then get distracted by something else. It would be nice if there were opportunities for people to get together and pursue some subject just for the fun of it without having to enroll in some college or university. Unfortunately, I don’t think there are a sufficient number of people who would be interested.

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Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

I would like to learn more about ways to to make homes and businesses greener; possibly even become a consultant.

YoBob's avatar

Heck yes!

There are a number if things I would like to study. Unfortunately there are only 24 hours in a day and I must tend to the business of making a living to support my family.

Perhaps I’ll get a chance should I ever be lucky enough to achieve a comfortable retirement.

tragiclikebowie's avatar

Too. Many. Things.

Sometimes I feel like I want to learn too much. But the things I would feel most limited in are math and sciences like physics, or chemistry.

But I plan on being a student in some respect for the rest of my life. I never want to stop learning, I love it too much.

I take after my mom; she majored in Radiological Health Physics, has two masters degrees, worked in the nuclear industry for a number of years, got a law degree, and is now once again taking nuclear operations classes. She is closing in on 60 and still has no idea what she wants to be when she grows up.

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