John Alan Turner

Speaker, Author, Mentor, Coach, Facilitator

On Learning

Life is for learning. Just think about your first five years here on planet earth. In that time you learned how to walk, talk, eat, go potty, play games, interact with others. The difference between a newborn baby and a 5-year-old is astonishing.

Now think about the next five years of your life. You learned reading and 'riting and 'rithmetic. You learned history, geography, music, sports, and how to tie your shoes. You learned that your parents were fallible. You learned that people die. You learned how to think ahead--how to anticipate. You learned that not everyone was going to be your friend. You learned about people who think and act differently from you and your family.

You learn a lot from ages 5 to 10. Some of what you learned was true. The earth is round. The sky is blue. 2 + 2 = 4.

Some of what you learned was not true. Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy come to mind.

There are things you learned early on that have to be unlearned and relearned. And because some of what you learned wasn't true and had to be unlearned you probably learned about disappointment. Hopefully, you learned how to cope with it. Some of us did not.

From 10 to 15, you learn even more--mostly about people and relationships.

Same goes for 15 to 20. You learn more--mostly about how to take care of yourself.

And then...it kinda stops for a lot of people. They begin to call themselves grownups--as if they are grown rather than growing. Sometimes they even begin to regress.

This is a tragedy, and it is all too common in our world. There seems to be something about putting on a cap and gown that causes us to think we're done learning.

But it's not as if there's nothing left to learn. The fact that they call graduation a "commencement" ceremony should be a clue. It's not a finish line as much as it is the start of something new.

The more we learn, the more we do. And the more we do, the more we learn. At least that's how it's supposed to work.

So get out there and learn something new today!

Oh, but in all your learning and doing, don't forget one thing: Life isn't just about learning and doing. Life is also about...enjoyment.

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