Keep Learning

Learning is a continual process. My dad, upon moving to Virginia, saw advertisements for free classes to learn how to cut hair. After his escape from Vietnam, he worked a series of jobs, from dish washing to working as a cashier at 7-11 to others that I'm still not sure of. What stuck out when he told me this story was how he understood how important it was to learn and to take advantage of opportunities to grow around you, even if others are not doing the same.   

Those of you who know me are probably familiar with this specific part of my personality - I like to look for opportunities to grow and learn. Although my parents taught me my multiplication tables and how to read chapter books by the age of 4 or 5, they also taught me how to be humble. I never thought I was the smartest person in the room because they taught me that there is always more to question and learn. 

Even when you're not in a classroom anymore, you can learn so much. Don't think you are the smartest person in the room because then you write off the experiences and skills that everyone else brings to the table. 

Surround yourself with people who challenge you to grow - to grow in knowledge, strength, courage and most importantly - love. Keep learning. 

(My dad taught me how to cut hair too.)