Some of my earliest childhood memories are of my whole family sitting in a hotel room on vacation, all reading books. Everyone completely engrossed in a story, expanding our own existence into something besides the immediate surroundings. An adventure of the mind. While much of my teens were spent with my head in a pool, I always enjoyed picking up a new book that could take me somewhere new.
As I have gotten older, I have realized just how many learning resources we have and how they can help us learn and live better. Here are a few of my favorites:
1. Books – Go to the library, ask a friend for a recommendation, stop mindlessly scrolling through facebook, read stories, learn about people, study history. Books are an incredible resource that I think people think they no longer have time for. There is ALWAYS time for a good book.
2. Duolingo – The days of boring language flashcards are over! This app is a fun way to learn a new language, taking you through game-like simulations to pick up new vocabulary and grammar.
3. Edx – Want to learn something new? Maybe how to code? What about sociology, calculus, or philosophy? Chances are you can find a current or up coming course here on a subject your interested in.
4. TED talks – Get the app on your phone and listen to one in the morning on your commute to the office. Great way to learn about science, people or how to do something better.
5. School of Life – Ever wondered why we are all here? What great writers and philosophers have said about life? Check it out here and sign up for their weekly newsletter. Best Sunday reading you’ll ever find.
Be grateful for how many learning resources we have and give them a whirl. You might just learn something new 🙂
Just a picture of my Dad here, post-package opening on a Christmas day, reading peacefully. Thanks Mom and Dad for sharing with me a love for learning!