The 40 Year Old Bat Mitzvah

The Grandmaster

Posted in personal growth, philosophizing by Juliet on June 18, 2010

Part of why I cannot stop myself from taking on new hobbies is a lifelong desire to be the world’s foremost expert in…what? Something obscure. Preferably arcane, esoteric, intricate, and difficult.

I want to earn the title “Grandmaster.”

As in, “Oh, yeah, didn’t you know? Juliet’s an eleventh-degree Grandmaster of…?”

It’s the “…” that trips me up. I’m interested in everything but don’t have the actual patience of perseverance to see my study through to the eleventh degree.

I took two or three trimesters each of four different Romance languages. When the going gets tough, the not-so-tough move on with hope and optimism and a certainty that this next thing will be “the” one. The big thing. Eleventh level.

I have true, actual interest in many arcane topics. But in my heart of hearts I have to admit that a big part of the appeal of the more offbeat pursuits is to stand out. To be different, unique. Why be a Civil War buff when I can know everything humanly possible that there is to learn about Spanish Inquisitor Torquemada? (Did you know he was Jewish?)

So whether it’s Nichiren Buddhism, or fencing, or krav maga, or bellydancing, or Belgian pastry making, I like my hobbies slightly obscure or offbeat. Traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking is a good example. So is ham radio operation.)

I don’t just want to be different, though. I also want to know things that not everyone knows. I was born with a level of curiosity bordering on frank nosiness.  What’s a girl to do?

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  1. ram0singhal said, on June 19, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    parents are greeting the child as one is returning after completing the studies as distinguished science student .

    Father wants to test the knowledge ,child has collected as student through long years so inquiry is put to the child……

    Have you known the one by knowing which you will know every one ?
    Child honestly accepts the ignorance and sat down to listen to father’s wisdom.
    The child is a true scientist who has analyzed the things to arrive at conclusions and as a scientist one has over come the ego and is ready to listen to others, and has no preconceived notions.

    one as one is double one or one mirroring one that is eleven and
    uniqueness of eleventh degree ‘grand master’ is every one DNA. one can decode this
    uniqueness through curiosity and through worship of work is what a girl should do’

    perfection is tenth degree grand master but totality is eleventh degree grand master
    bless on the path….

  2. QB said, on July 25, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    A guaranteed solution is to get a phd, although you know my feelings on that one. But you will become the world’s expert on your dissertation topic.

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