๐Ÿ’ฅAtomic Essays

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June 21, 2024

๐Ÿงฎ Embracing the Fear of Math in My 30s

As I approach my 30s, I've set a variety of goals for this new decade of my life. What's interesting is that some of these goals might not be what you'd expect. One of them might even seem a bit embarrassing โ€” I feel like I need to go back and re-learn some things.โ€

I remember coming across a newsletter that someone suggested called Numlock. My first reaction was a mix of fear and aversion because it hit me โ€” it's math related! Now, I'm reasonably good at math, and managing finance. But when it comes to complex math like calculus, it's a whole different story. I realized that I've never really mastered those subjects.โ€

So, one of my personal goals over the next ten years is to become great at math. I want to get to the point where I could confidently teach someone else algebra or calculus. Imagine that โ€” being able to teach these subjects that once seemed so daunting to me. That's a milestone I want to reach.โ€

I've struggled with dyslexia and dyscalculia my whole life. Numbers and letters sometimes jumble together, making math and reading a unique challenge. But that's exactly why this goal is so important to me. Confronting and conquering these struggles feels like an essential step in my growth journey. Plus, math is everywhere โ€” in finances, technology, and even daily problem-solving. Mastering it could open up so many new opportunities.

I've always believed in the power of lifelong learning. Whether it's picking up a new hobby, diving into a challenging subject, or revisiting something from the past, the pursuit of knowledge keeps life exciting and fulfilling. So, here's to embracing the fear, challenging myself, and turning a long-standing anxiety into a newfound strength.

What goals do you have for the next decade of your life? How can you challenge yourself to grow in unexpected ways? Let's embrace the journey of lifelong learning together.

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