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    Hello everyone,
    I found this forum because of for some time now I have felt out of place, or at the very least, not among like minded people. Since I was small child I knew that I enjoyed learning about science in general and the progression to decode the universe and ourselves. Currently I am in job that pays well but leaves me unfulfilled and yearning to go back to school and finally be part of a community of people that are not clouded in ignorance. I cringe daily by the limited knowledge of co-workers, friends and family members when it comes to science. A lot of people around me are hardcore religious or are just lead by the masses in believing what they are told instead of thinking critically and for themselves out of fear. I feel threatened in talking about what I know since most people around me don't understand and don't want to believe in such things as evolution, the Big Bang, and so on. I love watching documentaries in science and history, and I'm quite the sci-fi fan as well. Sometimes people in my circles have turned to me for questions from health and biology to physics and cosmology, but I feel empty in these social interactions since I'm not around enough open-minded people that can accept some of the answers that are out there. I grew up in a pretty abusive and dysfunctional family which I believe has stunted a lot of my personal growth. I suffer a bit from social anxiety and that has been a large part of me not advancing academically. So I guess this is my way of introducing myself and hoping someone out there may have a few words of wisdom that may guide me out of this pit I'm in. I want to be part of the science community in my career and social interactions but not sure of all the reasons I find it hard to find my way.


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    Welcome to TSF, sunsearcher. You have come to the right place - this is a community of amateur scientists, who all share a love for science and knowledge without being "professionals" in the field ( with a few notable exceptions ).
    All I can say to you is that you do not necessarily need to go through any formal kind of scientific training - given enough motivation and willpower it is possible to self-teach most of the basics, and some of the more advanced stuff as well. The trick is always to be able to recognize what you don't know yet, and to go and ask the right questions.

    Is there are particular field you are interested in ?


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    Welcome sunsearcher, here you will find many like minded people to engage with for interesting discussions. As for wisdom, well wisdom is rare but I can offer you two words "enjoy learning".
    “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markus Hanke View Post
    Welcome to TSF, sunsearcher. You have come to the right place - this is a community of amateur scientists, who all share a love for science and knowledge without being "professionals" in the field ( with a few notable exceptions ).
    All I can say to you is that you do not necessarily need to go through any formal kind of scientific training - given enough motivation and willpower it is possible to self-teach most of the basics, and some of the more advanced stuff as well. The trick is always to be able to recognize what you don't know yet, and to go and ask the right questions.

    Is there are particular field you are interested in ?
    Thank you Markus :-) I do understand the power of personal motivation since I have not had that much training in school but strive to learn more.

    As far as what fields that I'm interested in... I would have to say that Cosmology and Biology are at the forefront. I actually told my dad when he took me to visit Kennedy Space Center for the first time when I was ten years old... that I wanted to be a biologist or doctor that worked for NASA. How funny when I think back to that now.

    I love all science in general, and philosophy. I find myself to be a person that cares about the progression of people moving toward education and self-awareness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrisgorlitz View Post
    Welcome sunsearcher, here you will find many like minded people to engage with for interesting discussions. As for wisdom, well wisdom is rare but I can offer you two words "enjoy learning".
    Thank you for the warm welcome Chrisgorlitz! BTW love your Confucius quote :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by sunsearcher View Post
    Currently I am in job that pays well but leaves me unfulfilled and yearning to go back to school

    So I guess this is my way of introducing myself and hoping someone out there may have a few words of wisdom that may guide me out of this pit I'm in.
    I was in your position. I picked up my life and moved across the country so I could come back home and get a new degree. There is no good feeling when it comes to something like that. You never feel like it is the right time. It's impossible to put it off until things straighten themselves out because life is a crooked path. You just have to go for it and rely on your instincts to get you through. Even when things are crushingly hard, you just have to know that you're going to be alright in the end.

    Just focus on what it is you want. What drives you. Then, go after it like a man possessed.
    "Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." -Calvin
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    Currently I am in job that pays well but leaves me unfulfilled and yearning to go back to school

    So I guess this is my way of introducing myself and hoping someone out there may have a few words of wisdom that may guide me out of this pit I'm in.
    I was in your position. I picked up my life and moved across the country so I could come back home and get a new degree. There is no good feeling when it comes to something like that. You never feel like it is the right time. It's impossible to put it off until things straighten themselves out because life is a crooked path. You just have to go for it and rely on your instincts to get you through. Even when things are crushingly hard, you just have to know that you're going to be alright in the end.

    Just focus on what it is you want. What drives you. Then, go after it like a man possessed.
    Awesome insight Flick. It's also comforting to know others understand what I'm going through. I have to hone in on what really will make me happy and go for it.
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    Currently I am in job that pays well but leaves me unfulfilled and yearning to go back to school

    So I guess this is my way of introducing myself and hoping someone out there may have a few words of wisdom that may guide me out of this pit I'm in.
    I was in your position. I picked up my life and moved across the country so I could come back home and get a new degree. There is no good feeling when it comes to something like that. You never feel like it is the right time. It's impossible to put it off until things straighten themselves out because life is a crooked path. You just have to go for it and rely on your instincts to get you through. Even when things are crushingly hard, you just have to know that you're going to be alright in the end.

    Just focus on what it is you want. What drives you. Then, go after it like a man possessed.
    Awesome insight Flick. It's also comforting to know others understand what I'm going through. I have to hone in on what really will make me happy and go for it.
    You're far from alone. The campus where I work has a huge number of adults going back to school because they aren't happy with the path they chose. For me, the biggest hurdle was disbanding the idea that being almost 30 meant it was a silly idea to go back to school and get my masters in a completely different career path. You have to get over any little niggles you may have in the back of your head. It's your life. Go get it.
    "Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." -Calvin
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    Currently I am in job that pays well but leaves me unfulfilled and yearning to go back to school

    So I guess this is my way of introducing myself and hoping someone out there may have a few words of wisdom that may guide me out of this pit I'm in.
    I was in your position. I picked up my life and moved across the country so I could come back home and get a new degree. There is no good feeling when it comes to something like that. You never feel like it is the right time. It's impossible to put it off until things straighten themselves out because life is a crooked path. You just have to go for it and rely on your instincts to get you through. Even when things are crushingly hard, you just have to know that you're going to be alright in the end.

    Just focus on what it is you want. What drives you. Then, go after it like a man possessed.
    Awesome insight Flick. It's also comforting to know others understand what I'm going through. I have to hone in on what really will make me happy and go for it.
    You're far from alone. The campus where I work has a huge number of adults going back to school because they aren't happy with the path they chose. For me, the biggest hurdle was disbanding the idea that being almost 30 meant it was a silly idea to go back to school and get my masters in a completely different career path. You have to get over any little niggles you may have in the back of your head. It's your life. Go get it.
    For me, hurdles have been my age (I just turned 30); anxieties and social phobias; and at times, feeling like I don't fit in among intellectual people. I'm sure most of that has to do with negative messages and conditioning - it's just hard to to overcome all of that. I'm trying. Just being on this forum today has lifted some weight off my shoulders. I'm surprised it took me until now to find.
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