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  • Writer's pictureChristina Hicks

Celebrate Lifelong Learning

What a great time of year to celebrate lifelong learning!

I love watching 5-year-olds "graduate" from preschool. They celebrated as only children can! With toothless grins, they were accomplishing something special that day. It is easy to imagine these students in 14-16 (or even 50) years receiving college degrees—hopefully they won’t have a toothless grin—but their smiles will be just as big as they celebrate the accomplishment of another educational goal.

We are never too old—or too young—to get an education. Several years ago, a 95-year-old Kansas woman became the world’s oldest college graduate. Her 21-year-old granddaughter graduated with her. Erasmus said, "The main hope of a nation lies in the proper education of its youth." Please allow me to build upon Erasmus’ thought, "The main hope of any nation lies in the proper education of its people—old or young, male or female, sick or healthy, rich or poor . . . anyone who is willing to celebrate lifelong learning!"

Lifelong learning is critical in today's dynamic world, where change is constant and rapid. Its significance lies in its ability to foster personal growth, career advancement, and adaptability.

Lifelong learning enhances personal development by stimulating curiosity and expanding knowledge beyond formal education. It encourages individuals to explore new interests, cultivate talents, and maintain mental agility, which enriches their lives beyond mere professional pursuits.

In the professional realm, continuous learning is essential for staying competitive and relevant. In an era of technological advancement and evolving job markets, skills become obsolete quickly. Lifelong learners are better equipped to adapt to new technologies and industry trends, which enhances their employability and job security.

Lifelong learning promotes personal resilience in the face of adversity. It instills a growth mindset, enabling individuals to embrace setbacks as opportunities for learning and improvement rather than as failures.

Lifelong learning is not merely a means to an end but a continuous journey that enriches lives, empowers individuals, and drives progress in both our personal and professional lives.

Let’s continue to celebrate lifelong learning!

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