Never Stop Learning

Take a step back and ask yourself, “What would I do if I could?” The first time you ask this, don’t include a budge, just ask yourself it and make a list. Then, and I feel like most places for motivations don’t bring this in, add a budget. Because, of course, you have to. There is too much risk out there and too many other necessary reasons to keep money steady and tight, the biggest one being to survive.

But, I feel like this shouldn’t keep anyone from pursuing more knowledge. We start to grind to an education-halt the moment we graduate. Sure, we take in life-lessons here and there that we share with future generations or we learn some fun little tidbit of information, but nothing enough to keep moving and us motivated. Why?

Because, I think, we fear that we can’t use it.

We’re in an economy and life-style (especially here in America) where if it can’t be used in a path for success or to show it off, what’s the point?

I’ve asked that myself. Sure, I’ve read plenty of books that make me think (a good start) but not much to educate me. I write and…what?

Nothing.

It hit me one day that besides writing and surviving, I didn’t know much of anything else. Sure I could think, a wonderful foundation, but I wasn’t pursuing anything with that ability. I was letting it rot by just staring at screens or words without pushing myself for anything more with it. I worked out, but I used that to clear my head as the ones I do are about meditation of sorts. I was no longer learning and I hated it.

So, I started to look for hobbies.

I will tell you, this is not an easy task. So many of them cost money and time, which not everyone has or wants to spare. Then I have to put effort into it and sit and learn. You need to put yourself back in a classroom-like setting, whichever way that may be to you, and listen and question and try.

It’s not easy.

So, I started somewhere relatively (it’s really not, I’m lying) simple. A language. I’ve struggled learning languages all my life despite wanting so desperately to become multi-lingual. But all classes have taught it in a way that doesn’t click with me and so I always pushed it aside. I wasn’t getting a good grade; I didn’t understand it, so why bother?

If only I can give my past self a talking to. Not about the grades, I get that was important and I had to play by the teacher’s rules to pass and that sacrificed learning, but I stopped there. I didn’t reach out outside of the class to learn for myself

I’m putting a change to that now.

Doulingo (not sponsored, but I’d love to be *nudge,nudge,wink,wink*) is a free app that teaches you hundreds of languages at a pace that is your own. It brings in different styles of learning so that you don’t feel lost or confused. You can talk to people, join clubs, go and return as you please, and study as hard or as little as you want. It’s the most non-threatening classroom I’ve ever studied with and I feel like I’m actually learning something.

I am making myself become serious about this pursuit. I’ve started with French, bought a book to go along with it and plan on self-teaching myself how to read, speak, and write in French.

But I don’t want to stop there. I will try other languages of places I want to visit, of things I will make work in my favor, and learn to love learning again.

However, this isn’t enough. If I’m going to be without a job for a while I need to make the most of it. I’m going back to hobbies I’ve considered in the past and try them. I want to crochet a scarf, paint a picture, bake something from scratch, and properly teach.

I don’t want to become rusty ever, but especially not so soon in life. I’m not ready for it despite how opposite my actions have screamed otherwise. So, it’s time to start.

Quote of the Post:

“Keep your feet on the ground, but let your heart soar as high as it will. Refuse to be average or to surrender to the chill of your spiritual environment.”

–Arthur Helps