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🌟 Letter #37 from a Learn-it-all 🌟

6 min

9 Lessons from 90 Years, Walking down Memory Lane, November Reflection, The Inner Game of Tennis Applied to Swimming, Liminality, Accountability, Shoutouts

Hello fellow learn-it-all,

Greetings from Chicago!

To my Dutch readers, happy belated Sinterklaasavond! On the evening of December 5th, Sinterklaas (Dutch Santa Claus) arrives bearing gifts. During my youth, some years I'd remember to put out my wooden shoes and got some goodies in them.

I drove back to Chicago this past weekend and my parent's dog Polo begged to come along. He is the definition of what a “good boy” is. His temperament is just what anyone could hope for during 2020 quarantine by constantly following you around. Sadly that makes him quite distracting. He would've made for some great company!

This Jeep has been my main mode of transport since I learned to drive when I was 16. It was passed down to my family from my grandpa. A couple of weeks ago, she sounded like she was going to explode. Thanks to the miraculous car mechanic, she's doing much better now and still kicking along quite great for being 18 years old.

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Now, let’s drive into letter 37 from a learn-it-all. Enjoy!

Some things I’ve learned through…

🚢 Shipping It

I reinforced my daily writing habit and shared five Ship Its. Each of the pieces is less than 400 words. I explained my rationale behind starting it here. A couple of my favorites were:

Change is in our DNA - With growth, change inevitably follows. Because of this, it is best to embrace it. Acknowledge it and let it be. Don't live in denial of nostalgia

9 Lessons from 90 Years - My Omi passed one year ago. I did some reflecting and realized how much wisdom she passed along to me from sharing life together.

If you would like the read the highlights in a tweet form, look here:

I am interested in turning this post into a longer piece of Omi's life story and the adversity she faced. I would love to know if you have any questions that you'd like me to answer in the piece. 😊

I've shipped for 95 days of short-form pieces and have 5 left to go before I get to 100!

🖊 Writing

Along the theme of celebrating Omi's life, I am resurfacing an essay from my archives of Alzheimer's stealing away her memory. I believe the worst thing that can happen is to lose your memory. If you'd like to learn more and take a walk down memory lane look here.

With Alzheimer’s, you lose your ability to learn because you cannot remember. Without remembrance, you cannot be human. Learning is what makes us humans. This realization came to me and is a driving force behind my mission of having a learn-it-all mindset.

🤔 Reflecting on November

Over the weekend, I did a review of the past month that flew by. It was extremely helpful to stop and pause. It's super simple and I highly recommend giving it a shot to recognize patterns in the actions that you take.

To follow the format of every 4th letter (like letters 32, 28, 23, and 19). Some highlights include:

What I loved:

What I lacked:

What I learned:

🗣️ Part-time Youtuber Academy

As I mentioned in last week's edition, for Ali Abdaal's Part-time YouTuber Academy I would be sharing a 60-second short. I condensed my reading from the Inner Game of Tennis with a link to a memory of my own with swimming. This is the first video of a series. Enjoy!

🔎 Word to define

Liminality: (anthropological term) the quality of ambiguity or disorientation that occurs in the middle stage of a rite of passage.

It occurs when participants no longer hold their pre-ritual status but have not yet begun the transition to the status they will hold when the rite is complete.

The etymology: originated during the 19th Century from the Latin word līmen, meaning "a threshold". The founder of french folklore, Arnold van Gennep, popularized liminality within his work regarding rites of passage ceremonies in the early twentieth century.

Example using the word: I feel like I am constantly in a liminal stage, where I am at the threshold of my comfort zone. It is like being a limbo where continuity of tradition is uncertain, and future outcomes once taken for granted are thrown into doubt.

🌟 Quote to inspire

“Everyone you will ever meet knows something that you don't.” -Bill Nye The Science Guy

💭 Question(s) to ponder

What do I know about the world that others do not? How can I seek out and create opportunities to share this knowledge?

📷 Photo of the Week

Thank you to this group from the Annual Review Collective for showing up every month this year. We all took part in an annual review at the start of 2020 conducted by Tiago Forte.

The year definitely didn't shape up for the way we intended. I only started attending in June of this year. The accountability has been beyond helpful in creating space for reflection. I’ve loved facilitating these reflective conversations.

🙏 Shoutouts

To Kyle Bowe for inspiring the word to define as liminality.

To Gwyn Wansbrough and Lux Narayan or the feedback on my YouTube script.

To Alex Hughe Sam for making me feel less alone when fighting against The Resistance while creating a YouTube channel.

To my brother Mitch, whose dedication is inspiring. He just completed the third level of the CFA exam. I’m so glad his exam wasn’t postponed again.

I appreciate you reading this! If certain ideas resonated or you have feedback to improve my future newsletters, I’d love you to leave a comment, reply to this email, or send me a message on Twitter @JenVermet.

Never stop learning 😁 🌟

Until next week,


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