I’ve always LOVED learning. When I was young, my parents thought that my love of learning equated a love of school, but that’s not the truth. I didn’t actually like the school part of learning.
That got me in trouble in college, because learning in college costs so much that in order to make financial sense, it has to equate to not only a degree, but a career. I just wanted to learn. So of course, I changed my mind about 6 times about what I wanted to “do” with my life and now have a hefty amount of debt, as many people do.
Everything I learned in college, I could have learned without going to college, which means my debt is largely unnecessary. And many of the things I gave up studying, such religion and technology, are part of my life’s purpose, but didn’t make any sense as careers at the time. While Anthropology seems like a wasted degree, it has shaped my skills, my senses, and my world-views so much. I am so thankful that I studied anthropology because it truly made me a better human being. It has helped me so much along the way.
Of course, hindsight is 20/20, and I can see how all of my passions fit together, but in college, not so much.
So, where is this post going? I guess maybe the only point of me telling you all this is that my love of learning has been the biggest gift in my life. I crave learning. I obsess over it. I haven’t had cable since I moved out of my parents’ house at 18, and I attribute that to much of my success. It means that I have spent most of my time learning new things, reading books, listening to podcasts, watching documentaries, having deep, spiritual conversations with my beloved. Of course, I binge on a TV shows on Netflix or YouTube, but not nearly as much as I would if I had cable readily available. I have spent my time dreaming and acting on those dreams.
And now, as I am figuring out my next steps in life, I can see just how important my love of learning is. I have always been a student of life, but now I am back to being a scholar, seeking information. Being a scholar doesn’t mean you have to be in school. Being a scholar is a way of life. I wish I had been able to distinguish this before I went to college, but alas, everything that is meant to be, will be.
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Until next time,