“The capacity to learn is a GIFT; the ability to learn is a SKILL; the willingness to learn is a CHOICE.”- Brian Herbert
You would think that after I graduated from college the first time I would be done but that surely isn’t the case. I honestly don’t even like school, I mean come on who really likes doing homework and listening to lectures.
What I do like however is learning a new skillset with every class or adventure I take. When I was in undergrad I wanted nothing more to be a writer so I majored in Mass Communications with a focus on print journalism. I worked in my school’s Sports Information office as an assistant where I fell in love with sports writing.
While in school I was also a three sport athlete so playing sports was definitely something I wanted to continue with for the rest of my life. I knew I couldn’t always take the field but I knew I could always coach so I did.
During the summers I took all types of jobs from working in an auto parts store to slicing meat in a deli but one job that helped change my outlook on life was working at a place called Camp Joy.
It was a sleepaway camp for people with physical and developmental disabilities. That place changed my views on so many parts of life. I no longer wanted to only focus my attention on one thing but I felt I needed to know a little bit of everything in order to make it through this thing we called life. I would end up working at another camp similar in New Jersey called Camp Oakhurst a few years later.
Once it was closing in on graduation time I was skeptical about being a writer and wanted to focus more on sports so what did I do? I picked a graduate school far enough from Jersey to gain my independence and went the Barry University to get my Masters in Sport Management.
While there I had so many experiences from coaching many different youth sports to working with professional athletes and evening traveling to Greece. Life was going so well but I felt like I still had a lot to learn.
The next couple of years included me joining the Army, traveling, going back to graduate school for another masters, working with semi-pro athletes, traveling to Cuba, getting my personal training certification, writing (well attempting to write) a book, creating my website, and now I am in the process of starting my own business.
You would think I would be satisfied but I still feel like there is just so much more to do. I moved back down south and went to take some classes in graphic design but decided not to finish it. Now I am thinking of my next adventure and what I plan on doing. I have my fulltime job but I feel like there are just so many hours in the day and I don’t want to waste them sleeping.
I guess you can call me a lifetime student because whether I decide to learn belly dancing, become a masseuse or become a hairstylist I know that learning a new skillset is something I will try to accomplish at least once a year.