Lifelong Learner

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“Honey, I just want you to have the love of learning.” – My mom said to me innumerable times growing up.

For as long as I can remember, my mom has been taking college classes. Currently, she is one of the older students at Michigan State University. If she’s ever received a grade lower than an A+, I haven’t heard about it!

My dad shares her lifelong love of learning. While he’s not a university student, he still reads every day. We often share the insights he gets from whatever book is on his nightstand.

Because of their examples, I’ve grown up enjoying being around people who love to learn. I value learning so much, in fact, that I added this phrase to the Fruitive company code of conduct:

“I agree to be approachable, teachable, and committed to lifelong learning.”

But as much as I love learning, I lacked the confidence to write about what I was learning.

I had bounced around the idea of writing this blog for years but had trouble shaking the voice in my head that kept asking:

“Who am I to write a blog? I’m not a researcher, scientist, or doctor. I don’t know who would want to read what I have to say about being plant-based.”

That, however, was before I discovered Austin Kleon’s book Show Your Work. In its very first chapter, “You Don’t Have to Be a Genius,” I found the answer that silenced my doubts.

He writes:

“We’re all terrified of being revealed as amateurs, but in fact, today it is the amateur – the enthusiast who pursues her work in the spirit of love (in French, the word [enthusiast] means ‘lover’), regardless of fame, money, or career – who often has the advantage over the professional.

Amateurs are not afraid to make mistakes or look ridiculous in public. They’re in love, so they don’t hesitate to do work that others think of as silly or just plain stupid. Amateurs might lack formal training, but they’re all lifelong learners.

The best way to get started on the path to sharing your work is to think about what you want to learn, and make a commitment to learning it in front of others.”

It was right there before me! Yes, when it comes to scientific research or analyzing medical journals, I’m an amateur — and perhaps not much different than most of my readers.

But as Austin says, I’m also a lifelong learner. And what I want to learn is everything about living a plant-based life– and this blog is my commitment to share my discoveries with you!

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