Friday, May 10, 2013

Breaking My Habit, Day 3: Non Stop Education

For today's post, I'd like to share my thoughts about education.

Every time the word 'education' is mentioned, more often than not the word 'school' will pop up inside our head. Yes, it's true that the two are highly related; school is an institution where formal education takes place. People often mistaken this kind of education as the only kind of education.

The word 'education' is derived from the Latin word ēducātiō, which means "a breeding, a bringing up, a rearing". From this, we can say that education does not just talk about the transfer of knowledge from 1 person to another, but also about transformation of a person into a better person, to attain his / her full potential. 

Although we spent a great deal of our time at school (1 year kindergarten, 6 years elementary school, 3 years junior high school, 3 years high school, 4 years university), not in our wildest dream we can think of achieving our fullest potential just from those. There are so many things to learn in this world, and our potential are virtually limitless*. 

So, basically what I'm trying to say is, never give up on education, even after you've finished school. Take a course, read a book, attend a seminar, talk to your friends, find yourself a mentor, travel to places you've never even heard of, the list goes on and on. The moment you think you've had enough of education, is the moment you've stopped growing as a human being. Do not be afraid, we are on this journey together.

Until next time, cheers!

*limited only by yourself and certain laws of nature (gravity, thermodynamics, etc)