The Power to Learn

Hi there! I see you happen to have internet access.
Do you realise, access to the internet comes with an amazing power? That’s right. You have a superpower at the tip of your fingers. Because you have to power to learn.
No seriously! Do you understand, that you can learn just about anything, using the internet?

For myself, I have learned to sew and draw patterns, doing a partly online course. But I’ve learned to knit and crochet completely from online tutorials and youtube videos. I also get my knitting and crochet patterns online, on Ravelry, mostly for free.
I’m learning French with Duolingo (also free), and since the new StarTrek series have rekindled my love for outer space, I’ve started following astronomy lessons on KhanAcademy this week (Really, check it out, they have many more subjects, all for free!).

Now, you might feel learning is pointless if you don’t get a diploma out of it. But this kind of thinking will severely limit you, in many ways.
First off all, a diploma is nothing more then a certificate stating you knew the required information for that particular diploma at some point in time. Don’t get me wrong, a diploma is a very useful way to prove your capabilities to a prospective employer. But you do not live to work, and knowledge unrelated to your job is still valuable.
Learning a new language for example, let’s you connect to people you otherwise couldn’t have. It gives you access to a vast new selection of books and movies. And even though these could be translated for you, you will soon find the meaning of the phrase “lost in translation”. Learning a new language makes your world a little bit bigger.
But then there are also countless of crafts, skills and soft skills you could work on. You can learn to make things, program or work on your social skills. Things that will bring you joy instead of monetary gain. Things that can help you grow as a person.

Secondly, if your job really is most important to you, often learning new things will benefit your work, even if you don’t get a nice shiny certificate for it. Soft skills and languages can often greatly improve your performance, depending on your line of work. People skills, giving a presentation and knowing your math, will most likely aid you in just about any career.  Also, keep in mind, that these days, more and more often you can get a decent job without a diploma. In some lines of work, a classic schooling might even hold you back, if it is one that changes so much that information becomes outdated very quickly.
Your work can still benefit, even if you don’t get a diploma for what you’ve learned.

Lastly, learning doesn’t just add information to the library that is your mind. It actually makes you smarter. Your brain is like a muscle, and it can be trained. The more you use it, the more it grows. The more you learn, the easier it’ll become to learn more. Before you know it, you’ll be picking up new skills and knowledge left and right. You are able to actually make yourself a smarter person.

Obviously it’s nice to be validated in your academic endeavors, but there is so much more to learning than to be rewarded with a piece of paper.
In the end, you are nothing but a consciousness. And I think you owe it to yourself to expand that consciousness as much as you possibly can.

The possibilities really are endless. The question is, what do you want to learn? Do you want to learn math? Biology? Cooking or macrame? You can! A new language? Go for it! But learn something new, and know become a little bit more every day.

Gree(n)things,
Cyndi

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