When was the last time you invested time and money into yourself?
And by investing in yourself I don’t mean that slice of cake or those Jimmy Choo’s that were speaking to you from the shop.
I’m talking about putting in the effort to expand your mind or learn about the world around you.
We all get caught up wanting to improve what’s on the outside to ensure we look like decent human beings, but after we leave school many of us can forget to continue improving what’s on the inside.
In life everyday is a school day, and there is definitely no rule book, (trust me, I’ve been looking), but there are so few of us who keep educating ourselves past the classroom.
A few years ago I was stuck in a mental rut, I realised that I had nothing whatsoever to keep my mind ticking over and challenging me the way that education used to. And I hate to say it but I was a complete boffin at school, so I was actually really missing the fun that can come from discovering new and exciting things in the world.
Because let’s face it, once you get into the rat race of work everything else seems to just fall to the wayside as we scramble around in a rush.
So upon realising my lack of education I started to look into some courses that would not only help to further ignite some of my current passions in life, but also teach me something completely new. Non of us have all the answers, so what’s the harm in going to find new ways of thinking and a fresh perspective on the world.
The first course I took part in was a Digital Marketing course with Future Learn, which gave me a basic education in the digital world and helped me to secure the very career I’m in today. To gain a little more insight I then took a Guardian course on ‘How to be a Digital Fashion Editor’, which combined both my passions beautifully into one.
After I had completed these courses I had been bitten by the self-learning bug, and since then I’ve become somewhat of an addict to education. And by that I don’t mean stuffy text books and chalk boards, but the incredible buzz you get from hearing about other peoples experiences, learning from those who are doing it and their journeys, and sharing their words of wisdom. It’s this part of learning that I love the most, the things that we can learn about ourselves and the others around us.
If there’s one thing many of us can be guilty of, it’s being narrow minded or even blissfully unaware of the world around us, because as adults we lose our inquisitiveness and urges to question, (I blame it on all the responsible decisions we’re meant to make), but perhaps it’s because we’re afraid that we don’t have the answers, or the age old excuse of never having enough time, it doesn’t matter what it is, I think all of us could benefit from opening our minds a little more.
This year I’ve already continued my journey, as a few weeks ago I took part in yet another Guardian course, ‘How to Lead a Healthier and Happier Life‘. Admittedly it was quite a personal subject to take, with so many dramatic changes currently happening in my personal life, but non-the-less, why not take a course on self improvement anyway?
The entire day was spent at the Royal Society of Medicine in central London discussing with professors and psychologists about how to be happier, how to build better relationships, how to manage our finances, how to sleep better, how to eat better; basically it was like hitting a big fat reset button on my entire outlook in life.
A few of these topics I had thankfully never had a struggle with, but that doesn’t mean I glossed over the class and acted as though I was already an A* student, instead I opened my ears and my mind and learnt so many new things that I felt I could improve upon my own life, that I walked away feeling completely rejuvenated.
Sometimes having an education on life itself can help to make you realise that our minds should be our biggest investment.
We all take education for granted in the UK because for the most part it’s completely free, yet we spend most of our time waiting to get out of it and to live life. But life itself is the biggest education we will ever experience.
So what’s on your list to learn?