Back to School

“You learn something valuable from all of the significant events and people, but you never touch your true potential until you challenge yourself to go beyond imposed limitations.” 
― Roy T. Bennett

Last week I attended back to school night. As I sat at a small desk, looking at piles of paperwork, surrounded by sweet sentiments often associated with elementary education, I couldn’t help but think about why I enjoy being in a classroom so much. Classroom are constant sources of inspiration that also remind us to learn something new, open our minds and hearts to differences, and challenge us to be agents of action and change. Classrooms invite us to consider all that we know and dream of what we have yet to unearth or discover.

When was the last time you learned something new? What did you do with this knowledge or skill? What limits you? How do you break through said limits? These are the questions that drive me, that my children remind me of, and that their classrooms invited me to reflect upon. Maybe we all need some various form of back to school, which is to say that we mustn’t forgo learning because of age or circumstance. If anything, we need to push further and more often.

I’ve been thinking about all the things I still need to learn, and even more excitedly, the things I want to learn. There’s so much to consider. When I was in first grade my teacher, Mrs. Rolls, told me there were no limits on learning. It’s something I remind myself at 40. There are limits on learning. We can do new things, switch careers, reevaluate priorities, and change up our course simply because we have a desire to do so.