One of my favorite writers and teachers, Jiddu Krishnamurti, wrote: “The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.”
I have thought a lot about this because I like to read and a day without reading feels like a day wasted. You don’t need to love to read to keep learning as we now have TED Talks, YouTube and so many other sources of learning.
Many of you have finished up for the year and some have even graduated. Congratulations! Making it through college is no easy thing.
Some of you struggled with classes you didn’t like and/or teachers you could not relate to very well. Thankfully that is behind you for a few months.
But what could you do to commit yourself to spend 30 minutes a day reading or watching documentaries or in some other way educate yourself? Simply interviewing older people can teach you a great deal. I always find it interesting to ask older people what they would have done in the past differently if they knew what they know now.
For those of you struggling with anxiety, depression and other mental health issues, you might think about this other Krishnamurti quote I really like: “It is no measure of heath to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” I ty to remember this when I am down.
So keep breathing and learning and doing your best to come back to the present moment.
A final quote from Krishnamurti: “To understand life is to understand ourselves, and that is both the beginning and the end of education.”