Ardor (noun) - Strong emotion, or great enthusiasm; Zeal + Route
Ardor is an intense kind of warmth and fervor, often associated with love, and best describes the way I feel about learning. I've devoted my life to the pursuit of knowledge and possess a deep love for a journey I will never complete. I hope some of these posts will illuminate the way for others to come.
Fluffy intro aside, I basically wanna be like that old dude in Zelda. He was a real bro.
About the Author
I’d be lying to you if I said I didn’t feel lost most of the time. This is especially true in the literal as I can’t navigate to save my life, but in the grander sense, I rarely know what I’m doing with my life or where it’s heading.
Growing up, I didn’t have many people I could turn to for guidance. As the middle child of a single immigrant mother with 3 kids (one with special needs), I was left to my own devices to figure things out. My mom worked midnights and I raised myself on Nickelodeon and dial-up internet. My basic needs were met, but I was critically short on mentors and role models. And so I ended up winging it through every new experience.
Which worked about as well as you’d expect.
I made mistakes. Too many too often, struggling to understanding the basics of friendship, romance, and values. I learned things the hard way time and time again. When I was 18, I figured enlisting in the Army National Guard would help me find some discipline and direction in my life. And for the most part, it worked. I grew up quickly and pulled myself together. I served for 6 years while working on my Bachelor’s degree and returned to civilian life 3 days after receiving my diploma.
Since then, I’ve made it my calling to learn deeply and live with a purpose. I still screw up a lot, enough to remain human, but now with methods to learn from failure and improve at every step. This publication serves as a repository of lessons learned the hard way, AHA! Moments, and brilliance shared by others. I hope to help my readers feel a little less lost, more inspired to achieve, and ready to make the most of whatever comes our way.
We’re all in this together.