Friday, 17 January 2014

The Fire Hose Effect

Have you every tried drinking out of a fire hose? I can't say that I have done it literally, but I tend to do it quite often figuratively. In the past year I have figuratively drunk out of a fire hose of information by:

  • Starting my Masters
  • Taking a course before my Masters attended mostly by people with PhD's (including a number of people who are my Master's professors)
  • Decided that a normal course load wasn't enough and went off and signed up for a Mechanical Engineering course ... when my background is nursing. 
  • Took a 10 week PRIDE course complete with huge binder
  • Picked a difficult Thesis subject for my Masters
I really am a glutton for punishment aren't I? Why do I do it? Not sure I entirely know the answer, nut I'll give it a shot. 

When I walk away from a class with a headache from thinking too much I know I've made some intellectual progress. Add to that the fact that there are a million different things to learn in the world if I take it slow I'll never accomplish everything that I want to. To top it off, by absorbing information and learning from many fields on many topics I become a resource for those around me. That means that I can help to build the world's scientific knowledge and I become irreplaceable to my company. 

All in all, I'll probably never learn. After all why walk when you can run?


  1. I'm happy to read that I'm not the only one guilty of this kind of behaviour. I've been working full time and studying almost full time this autumn. I had decided on taking it easier during the spring, mayby only learning a new language but then I applied to and was accepted at a couple of other courses... Like you I enjoy the feeling of my brain expanding :-)

    1. Addicted to studying, it could be worse ...

  2. Hope you're hanging in there! :)