As kids, we are all curious. We explore. We discover. We want to learn. When I was a kid, I would never miss an episode of educational shows on local TV. Sineskwela, Mathinik, Batibot. Name it. I watched it in the ‘90s. The highlight of my childhood summers was going through my grandfather’s collection of NewsWeek, Time, National Geographic and Reader’s Digest. I leaf through the pages learning new things. I discover events happening all around the world. I gain knowledge about politics, wildlife issues, medical breakthroughs, how things work and many others. In school, I excelled academically. I value the lessons taught in different subject areas. I welcome new experiences. I appreciate the beauty of discourse and critical thinking.
As I grew older, I realized that learning is not confined to the four walls of the classroom, in the pages of my books and in the programs on television. Learning is an everyday process. You learn everywhere. You learn from everyone you encounter. That’s why I learned to embrace everything that comes my way. Good or bad. Happy or sad. Overwhelming or stoic. Encounters with strangers open your doors. Trips to different places create spaces for gaining new insights and unmasking uncertainties.
In September, I will be going on my first solo backpacking trip. I will be flying to Cambodia. I feel a sense of excitement and fear. I’m ready to get out of my comfort zone. I’m excited to do something I have never done before. But I am also a bit concerned by the challenge of something unfamiliar. What if I’m not ready to travel alone? What if I’m not suited to be a backpacker? But all worries escape me once I remind myself of my mantra – Never stop learning.
I celebrate life by learning. I keep moving forward. Doubts. Fears. Uncertainties. They will always be present in our lives. But we have to be brave enough to face them. That’s the only way we can live our lives.
We are never too old to learn. There’s so much more to discover. Our quest for knowledge won’t be quenched. Keep learning. Keep living.