Life is filled with many valuable things, most of which cannot be seen. Sure we value our material items but I don't like the idea of putting physical objects above things like family, friendship, love, and knowledge. A precise numerical value cannot be placed on these things and it was only recently that I discovered the true importance of the latter.
I've been involved with music for about half my life and it was only until recently in my musical "career" that I began to pass on what I have learned. I've been involved with teaching kids music for a little over a year now and I cannot get enough of it.
Getting to instruct others on the technicalities, intricacies, and overall purpose of music has been one of the most fulfilling things that I have ever been a part of. It truley makes me come alive.
I recently heard one of my students make an offhand comment about the positive impact that I had on him. It was not only reassuring that what I was doing had meaning, but at the same time it reminded me of the ones who had an impact on me when I was first beginning to learn music.
I've had a handful of music teachers over the course of my life and each and every one of them taught me something valuable at some point. Now, it's my turn to take on the responsibility of that role.
All of us have been taught as students and all of us have a knowledge in something. If you have never done so, I suggest you find someone to teach. Share your knowledge and experience with a person who will value it.
Make an impact.
The best part about all of this is that - most likely - the knowledge you pass on won't just stay with your student. Eventually they'll become teachers themselves and pass on the knowledge you gave them to someone else.
The impact you make may last forever.