Who finds satisfaction in learning a new skill or being able to articulate a new thought? What about proving to yourself that you were able to do something you never thought you could?
Learning = Living
Personally I love learning. It energises me. It satisfies my curiosity about the world and about myself. It gives me the ability to teach, mentor, or coach others in something I found useful in knowing – “Here, look, I’ve learned the lesson for you, now go and build on it.” – surpass me and in turn teach me something beyond what I’ve already learned. It let’s me do interesting things like learning another language.
Want to know something else that’s really great about learning? Everyone can do it. It’s a natural part of being alive. Sure, there is a nature versus nurture argument, and some of us are better and certain things and worse at others, but no one in the entire world is unable to learn. And that includes age!
Learning enables you to develop your strengths further, plus strengthen your development areas.
Me as a perpetual learner
Previously I mentioned the idea of being told what you are good at and what you aren’t so great at. What I can say from personal experience is that that is something you should avoid whenever possible. In many cases the nurture can exceed the nature, life is not that black and white. And so, I wanted to celebrate some of the things I’ve learned in the last years, that I’m proud of –
- Languages: I got down to it and learned enough Mandarin and Japanese to pass a few proficiency tests and actively use it while traveling in some relevant countries.
- Juggling: Only 3 balls, but it was something I got heavily jealous about after a friend mastered it. One long family holiday and many broken oranges later, I had three of them spinning in the air!
- Emotional maturity: This one is pretty subjective, but I’ve been able to notice some great improvements in my personal life in a few areas. It was a big thing for me, so I will claim the learning.
- Blogging: This is not only a very recent one, but quite relevant for where we are. I am currently learning a vast array of things about blogging, not the least of which is the capacity I have to write in certain styles, but not in others.
I wanted to get into various methods of learning, but truthfully I’m not versed in all of them. Also, as my friend who is a teacher and masters student in education has shown me, I’m far from an expert in exhausting the list of interesting ways that people are able to attain new knowledge and skills.
Suffice to say that learning is as unique to each of us as we are unique as human beings. It is a very unfortunate weakness in education systems as well, as they struggle to cater to the immeasurable scope of how people turn out and what they might be naturally inclined to excel at. Then we still haven’t touched on the poor form of people feeling that age equals an inability or improper space to keep on learning and improving.
The Dalai Lama actually has an interesting perspective to add regarding generic curriculum, but we will leave that for another time.
How this word would always be dreaded, if only due to the amount of time it would steal away from other learnings I always wished to do.
Learning isn’t a hassle though, throughout life after formal education we are able to choose the things we learn about. Buying your first car? What about traveling to a new country? We tend to lean on the value that others who have gone before us can bring, we learn – and sometimes we are even able to build on it and improve beyond.
So what are you proud of learning? Or perhaps you have something in mind that you’ve always been interested in but never had the courage to tackle?
This is part of my A to Z Challenge 2016, click the button at the bottom of the site for more information if you like.