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**nycmath** I am 48 and love math. I have two degrees in areas other than math. I fell in love with math after earning my second degree in 1994. A few years ago, I decided to learn math beyond the basics on my own.

Why pay for college courses when I can learn calculus and more via youtube and other math forums like this one? However, my family and certain friends think it is senseless to learn math with no goal in mind. They are looking at the practicality of math versus the need for better employment. Who knows what the future holds? Do you?

I may end up working as a tutor someday. Even if that does not happen due to age discrimination, I always will enjoy SOLVING FOR X. Math is like a puzzle to me. I get excited when finding the value of x.

I may not have much in life but one thing is certain, nothing can separate me from my passion of numbers. Still, it hurts when people consider me to be crazy or dumb for spending my days off learning math. What do you say? Why do you think people say it is senseless to study math without a goal or just to learn it?