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Friday, November 15, 2013
Giving Thanks, the Fourteenth
When I was a kid in school, I tried to do the best I could, not for me, but to please those around me - my parents, my teachers. Like many young children, I liked school, and even played school with friends. I never did get to that point as a slightly older child where I disliked school. Yes, some days I didn't really want to go, but in my house that wasn't really an option. But I always liked school, it was a cool place to go everyday.
As I got older and went to high school and college, it became more about being a place with my friends. The 'education' part of it was there, sure, but I was in it for the friends. I did well enough in school, but it wasn't until college that my interest in various subjects started to really take hold - I was not one of those kids who knew early on what they wanted to be when they grew up.
Today, after many years of formal education, I still find myself interested in different topics. And that's the way it's supposed to be. Life long learning isn't just a phrase, it's a way of life. I am thankful for the formal education I received but I am thankful for the ability to learn on my own as well. Education doesn't stop with a diploma or a cap and gown or even once you've got a job. There's always more to learn in life. I sometimes wonder what avenue I'll wander down next, what will set off a spark of interest. It may be just around the next bend.