One of the most gratifying and personally fulfilling experiences in life is teaching someone who wants to learn. These feelings become even more satisfying as you age if for no other reason than it makes you feel as if you are passing on knowledge that this person will in turn build and improve on. In some small way you are contributing to the collective human experience. This desire seems to be a uniquely human imperative, and it’s part of what has allowed us as a species to become who we are.
Inherent to this process is the act of watching the student grow beyond the point at which the teacher can continue teaching. In many ways, this is the most rewarding part of all.
Today I got to experience this, and it felt really, really good.