I don’t care how old you are, what part of life you are in, or what level of education you currently have, learning never stops. Let me repeat that. LEARNING NEVER STOPS!
We are in our 13th year of homeschooling our two children. I’ve been through Algebra, Geometry and Algebra 2 three separate times (including when I went through it as a high school student), numerous literature courses, Spanish, some Latin, and I’m still learning. As the kiddos learn, so do I. I’ve been through biology, chemistry, and physics a few times and have learned something new each time.
By the time both of our children graduate high school it’s like I’ll have been through the education process a total of three times, including my first time as a student.
I love the process of learning, of taking information and using it in the here and now. I love knowing that my children are learning and see ME learning and going through it with them. I love them knowing that even if I don’t have the answer we’ll find it somewhere, even if it means contacting customer service of the curriculum company for help. They know I don’t have all the answers, but they are learning how to find them. THAT is learning in and of itself. How do you find the answers when you don’t know them? Through persistence, thriftiness, ingenuity, research, and more research. It’s all part of the learning process.
For me personally, I’m even stretching my wings further. I’m a 43 year old mama who is also embarking on a new career journey. I’m studying for and taking real estate courses so that I can become a real estate agent and work with their father. We are a match made in heaven. He’s the “big picture” man and I’m the detailed oriented wife who creates the path to that big picture. It’s been a great learning experience, but I’m thinking (well, I’m hoping) that I’m also showing my children that it’s never too late to learn, to think, to do.
As long as we are on this earth, we have a God given purpose and I’ll be working towards my purpose until the day I die. I really hope my children are seeing that in action through me and through their dad – who is also expanding his real estate business.
So, regardless of those things that you think may be holding you down, never stop learning. Never stop showing your children what it means to learn, to grow, and to develop, even if you’re in your 30s, 40s, 50s or beyond.