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What Does it Mean to “Live and Learn”?

What does it mean to “live and learn”?

Exactly what it sounds like. Live your life by following things that interest you, that intrigue you, that puzzle you. Ask questions, try things out, explore, observe, examine, challenge yourself. Meet people. Go to different places. Read, watch, and write.  Get sick and work to get well. Care for others, care for animals, and care for yourself. Get a job, work on a hobby, and pursue your curiosities.

By simply living, you learn–all the time. If you want to study, study. If you want to read, read. If you want to take classes, take classes. There is no pre-planned curriculum that will prepare each individual for the life she desires. The only way to know oneself is to practice being oneself.

While having a plan is a sensible thing to do because it gives you something to aim towards, it is impossible to predict all that will come your way. Therefore, embracing the fact that life is full of adventures and missteps, unexpected opportunities, and failed attempts will help to create a mind that is open to endless possibilities and a mind that accepts what comes your way as learning. 

It truly is the most simple way of living with the most complex rewards.

Whatever an education is, it should make you a unique individual, not a conformist; it should furnish you with an original spirit with which to tackle the big challenges; it should allow you to find values which will be your roadmap through life; it should make you spiritually rich, a person who loves whatever you are doing, wherever you are, whomever you are with; it should teach you what is important, how to live and how to die.  -John Taylor Gatto


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