Happy Monday! Grab your coffee, tea, or wine and let’s get started! Today, I am going to talk about what ‘Educate’ means. When I speak about ‘Educate,’ I do not mean education, such as grade school or university. I mean ‘Educate’ as in learning and growing from life experience. According to Albert Einstein, “Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.” Life is full of new journeys and always has challenges, but you learn from every step of the way. As Frank Sonnenberg said, “Lessons in life will be repeated until they are learned.” ‘Educate’ is all about learning from experiences and from others (this includes allowing others to speak and actively listening to what they are saying before developing a bias). The concept of ‘Educate’ can mean different things to the individual. It all depends on where your skills lie.
For example, I think it is important to be educating yourself on Black and Indigenous lives. I am currently in this process of educating myself by reading about it. I am not properly educated enough to inform you, but if you would like to read the books, I am reading to educate yourself. Here is a list:
- The Skin We’re In by Desmond Cole
- White Fragility by Robin Diangelo
- Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Women, Race & Class by Angela Y. Davis
- A Mind Spread Out On The Ground by Alicia Elliott
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
- Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgshig Rice
- How to be ANTIRACIST by Ibram X. Kendi
- Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
I have read two of these books so far, and I cannot believe how oblivious I was. I think educating yourself on things is very important because it allows you to understand other people’s perspectives. I honestly find, educating myself enables me to develop more of an open mind to issues in the world that I never fully understand. According to Tara Westover (Author of Educated), “The skill I was learning was a crucial one, the patience to read things I could not yet understand.” Educate is about understanding that you may not know what is happening, but can learn from the unknown.
Educating yourself in any matter is a decision for you to make. I couldn’t succeed in university until I understood that it is my decision how much I want to learn. It is my choice if I want to succeed, and I have the power in myself to succeed. I just need to believe in myself. Most importantly, success is about your passion. The other night, my two cousins were over. My one cousin did not know the seven continents. I initially thought, “wow, who doesn’t know this.” Later in the evening, she discussed with the family about her being vegetarian and hopefully, one day, she wants to become vegan. My family is very opinionated, so this was a difficult discussion. She needed to know her stuff if she wanted to discuss this around the dinner table. This girl goes and has a relatively valid argument to most of the comments for veganism or vegetarianism. So yea, she may not know the name Oceania, but she is very intelligent in what she is passionate about. Everyone has their way of being “Educated.” So look at yourself, are you succeeding? Are you learning something new every day? Are you doing what you love?
I hope you all have a fantastic week and check out some of the books. See you next Monday! Also, another book recommendation is Educated by Tara West over.