Lifelong Learning

Like most normal American adolescents, I was thrilled to graduate from high school. At the same time, there were a few classes that I would miss. They were in subjects I didn’t necessarily excel in, yet learning and researching them felt rewarding.

Perhaps it was the fact I only earned “B” grades in chemistry, history, and German that challenged me to do better. “A” grades in other subjects felt more like closure than challenges to improve, even though I knew that “A” grades are foundations to build upon.

In college, I had the opportunity to improve the “B’s” and to build on the few “A’s”. Better yet there were the new subjects not taught in high school. College was a great place to foster and reward curiosity. This curiosity never went away when all my formal education ended.

The desire to know fueled lifelong learning. A few times the learning was in non-credit classes at the local community college. Most of the learning, however, has been in independent reading and doing with help from the public library and most recently the Web. It is this process of investigating and critically evaluating that energizes and satisfies the mind.

Just as amazing, is knowing and meeting other people who value lifelong learning. Whether or not they are investigating the same subjects I enjoy, these acquaintances and friends are good influences because of their drive and curiosity. I love to meet new lifelong learners.

There are different types of lifelong or continuing education. Obviously there are formal venues such as colleges and seminars that offer instruction from teachers and experts. The social nature of formal continuing education provides helpful guidance and better focus towards the goal of mastery of subject matter.

One of the greatest aspects of lifelong learning is that we learn because we want to learn, not just to get good grades. It is this type of learning that stays with us longer.

Of course there is continuing education that is structured around improving and updating work skills. This type of lifelong learning is associated with but not limited to the medical and scientific professions. Many people need this type of learning in order to stay relevant in the job market.

What I like best is that lifelong learning helps me understand other people and cultures. This causes me to discover new friends, how they think and how they live their lives. This makes me think inside and outside the box of my own culture.

If we don’t limit the scope of lifelong learning we can expand our vision of who we are as human beings. We can continue developing our physical and mental capabilities, intelligence, spirituality, sensitivity, creativity, and aesthetic appreciation of life.

Lifelong learning can make us better people.

The Blue Jay of Happiness likes this quote from Albert Einstein: “Learning is not a product of schooling, but the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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2 Responses to Lifelong Learning

  1. Moosmosis says:

    Lifelong learning is empowering. Thank you for the great read!

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