“You can’t succeed in life without a degree” I read this today on Instagram and I thought to myself that whoever wrote it had a lot to “learn”. Then I found the above quote and thought how much the universe provides. Education can be found everywhere it is a lifelong adventure journey of discovery and investigation. To truly be “educated” it is essential to start to seek out and acknowledge teachers and learning experiences. To be able to do this you need to train your mind.
Think about the people you meet and the conversations you have. What are you taking away from those conversation? Are you actively asking questions and exploring their opinions and ideas? Are you even open to other people’s thoughts, opinions and ideas? Are you “trying on” what you learn to see if they may fit you or improve you?
Travelling is a great learning experience and now that I am travelling “on the cheap” my learning experience have certainly quadrupled. Not only am I learning from the people and experiences I encounter, I am also being pushed out of my middle-class comfort zone so I am learning heaps about myself. I love this aspect of my journey.
David and I are currently doing some volunteering work at a small BnB (The Flying Fox) on the Whanganui River in New Zealand. This place is virtually off the grid. Kelly & Jane (The proprietors) live the ethos of the place and it is true magical. They have solar power, the toilet systems are either compost or long drop, they grow most of their own produce, they hunt for food, they are both artisan and sell their art to provide extra income for the goods they can’t grow or hunt. We spent 3 weeks with these gorgeous people and learnt so much. Every day it was something new. Not only skills we can take with us but the property gives you space to think and explore your own thoughts. These are people that have decided to live differently to what would be considered “normal”. It’s not an easy life, their days are full of looking after guest, fixing things, general upkeep of the ground…mowing the lawn alone takes 2 people 3 hours. But they are so happy and giving of their skills and knowledge. I have enjoyed exploring their beliefs and values and their way of life. I have learnt so much about myself
I have also enjoyed listening to why people are doing Te Araroa and how they are walking. Some people are determined to walk every single step regardless of how hard or boring it is. Others will skip the boring bits, others will only do sections of the walk. David and I intended to walk the trail in its entirety when we started, but our thinking has changed along the way. We have had experiences that have made us reassess what it is we want to achieve. We have spoken to people and questioned their motivation, each time taking away some lesson. So, we are now crafting a journey that suits us. Is this cheating? Is it compromising? No. David and I have had many conversations on this topic and we like to think that is learning as we go. Learning what we like, what we don’t like, getting clear on what we are trying to achieve, what we want to experience and what we really want to feel. We both have an idea of who we want to be, but how we will achieve that is flexible. So, each morning we get up with an open mind and heart and ask the universe to provide the teachers and experiences that will help us achieve our goal. So, I leave you with 3 questions:
Are you open to learning?
Do you set yourself up daily, to learn?
When & where do you do your most learning?
I would really love to hear from you