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  • Writer's pictureEsther Brownwood

Life is Learning

Definition of learn

1a(1) : to gain knowledge or understanding of or skill in by study, instruction, or experience learn a trade learned to play chess

(2) : memorize

learn the lines of a play

b : to come to be able learn to dance

c : to come to realize learned that honesty paid

2a nonstandard : teach

b obsolete : to inform of something

3 : to come to know : hear we just learned that he was ill

: to acquire knowledge or skill or a behavioral tendency were shocked to learn of her death

Hello all, I know I always say this, but I truly can't believe it's already August! On one hand, it's amazing news because Camp is starting in just a few days; yet on the other, I am still so confused about where the time has gone!

I picked this month's theme exactly because we will be doing lots of it in camp. But I also wanted to shed light on the fact that we are constantly, continuously learning.

It's odd to me, that many people believe that we learn all we need to know when we're in school, and after we graduate and join the working world, we stop. Many people believe that our personalities are only shaped when we are younger, and that too stops as we get older.

I disagree with these sentiments; my personal experiences and observations of people have convinced me otherwise.

Not a day goes by where I do not learn, and therefore change.

Sure, I might learn about things other people my age already know, but how else is one supposed to learn? We as humans are only as effective as the other; our knowledge spreads because of our innate curiosity and our tendencies to want to share our discoveries.

Everything that happens in your life has an impact on you, similarly to how you impact the world around you, even if you are not conscious of doing so.

Think about walking on a nice, sandy beach. If you look behind you, you can see your footprints, even though you did not make them on purpose. How we show up in the world is exactly the same; you are always leaving a footprint, always leaving a trace of yourself wherever you go.

I think we can all agree that we have experienced people impacting us in ways we never would have expected, their footprints somehow changing the course of our own. There is so much beauty in us being able to learn from and therefore be molded by each other.

Sure, learning can be sitting above your notebook cramming words into your head, but I know, at least for me, that does not create lasting knowledge. I believe there is no learning without connection, either connection to the subject, or to the people teaching you!

The kind of learning we do in camp, for example, is not what you'd traditionally find in a school. Here, we learn by living, by staying in the present and experiencing, everyone is encouraged to speak openly and share our own views with each other. We believe that this is the best way to create knowledge that sticks; knowledge that we can go on and use in our lives afterwards.

What’s amazing is that it’s not only the kiddos that learn through our time spent together; us teachers also always emerge acquiring new knowledge that we wouldn’t have otherwise, had our collective footprints not interacted.

Which is why I am so happy that we will be back connecting with and learning from each other very very soon!

I hope you have a wonderful August, and never stop learning!

I love you!

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