Why Learning Isn’t Finite
BEVERLY, Mass., June 19, 2017
Remember when you were a kid and you couldn’t wait until you graduated high school because you never had to go to school again?
And then you went to college.
So you waited another four years (or five, or six, or…) to get a job and be done with going to classes, turning in homework, and agonizing over tests.
And then you got an entry level position in a giant company where you were just a number, and things got real.
So this is the point in your life where “two roads diverged in a yellow wood, ” and you had a choice to make: settle or keep learning. No matter what you chose then, you still get to make that choice every day, and every day I find more people who choose to keep learning.
Our trainers at Project Adventure want to keep learning, because according to the newly developed Full Value Contract of the Youth and College Programs staff, “mastery in pursuit of perfection means that you’ll never reach perfection, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stop trying.” That’s the kind of attitude that feeds the work we do; that no matter how much we know, there is always something else to know. It’s like all the many reasons we have clients that come to take our workshops. They see the opportunities learning new skills and content can offer them both professionally and personally.
During last week’s Advanced Skills and Standards workshop, some participant goals and reasons for being there were career centered: “I’m going to take over the program soon. I need to know how to do all of this and feel comfortable.” “I’m here because I work for a camp, but I was offered a position as a program director so being here is good for that.” Thinking ahead was a huge motivator for some. They knew what they were doing was good, but they also knew what they could be doing was better, and to be better, they needed to learn from others.
And then there were those that were not only doing it for the current job but their future life. “Retirement is in the near future. I don’t want to sit around, so I need to think about what I’m going to do next. Being outside, leading people through their life changing experiences? Why not?” “I have some big decisions to make about life. Being here is one. I want to do something that I enjoy and that challenges me.”
Life is full of decisions and mustering up the strength to make them. If you think back to the person you were two years ago, are you the same? Do you want the same things? The chances are good that with time came new experiences, and with those new experiences came new perspectives. Jon Krakauer wrote in Into the Wild, “The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”
So choose the path that leads to new adventures every day and hope that the day where when choosing to settle never comes.