Learning is part of being human in that we never stop learning no matter where we end up in life. The lesson can be as simple as learning not to stroke an angry looking cat, or not to trust certain people. When I was a child I thought that adults knew everything and lived life on the basis that it would all be okay because my mum, granny or teachers would know the answer to any of my questions. Now that I’m older and wiser I know this isn’t the case in fact I even find that there is an increase in ME teaching THEM new things and I know that would just blow little Jodie’s mind.
As I have grown older I have started taking everything as a new learning experience. If I make a mistake or upset a friend I then learn not to do it again and it’s over, no big deal (unless I do it again, then I clearly haven’t learned…). The big difference between now and the past is that I am actually excited to learn, more than I ever was in school because in adulthood I’ve found the thirst to expand my mind and be genuinely successful in the things I pursue. I spent a lot of my childhood coasting because I didn’t realise the importance of learning – and spent way to much time thinking about why we are on earth at all – instead of trying to learn.
I always say that if I could go back to school, college or university that I’d work harder and you know what? I probably would, but only as the person I am now. If I was to go back and tell a younger Jodie to study harder to learn more she probably wouldn’t listen because, as I said, I just didn’t see the importance until I was older. I thought – when I was a child – that one day I would wake up and the answers would just be there all of a sudden. Spoiler: That never happens.
It’s been around 3 years since I left university with a BA in Media and you know what? My best learning has happened outside of education, and in full time work. I’ve learned WHO I am and discovered where I want to be whereas before I was pretty much going on to the next thing that I was expected to do. School to college to university to work. Now I have found myself. I have a personality that I am proud of and have started to grow a career I actually want.
Our learning never stops and that’s great.