By Glory Eshareturi
It’s back to school season for many! From little ones starting their first day of pre-school to young adults starting their first semester of college. Of course, there are many outside of those age brackets who do go to school for the first time, or who go back to school for the first time in a long time. This is a season of growth. Whatever this season looks like, we always have the opportunity to grow. What does it look like to grow when you’re past the season of being in school?
Growth can be difficult. Especially when you’re outside of the structure of a dedicated learning environment like school. But just because it is difficult doesn’t mean it is impossible! Here are some ways you can continue to grow as a person, even when you’re not in school.
Learn Something New
One of the best ways we can grow is to continue to learn. Just because you no longer need to take an algebra class, doesn’t mean you can’t learn something new! We live in the greatest information era of all of history. If there is something happening in the news or current events that you don’t understand, take the time to google it and educate yourself. Learning about current events online can be a great way to hear other people’s perspectives and get information to form your own understanding.
Aside from current events, you can also learn a new skill or task. I’m convinced that if there is anything at all you want to learn, you can do so by going on Youtube. Want to learn to knit? Fix cars? Design the inside of your home? There is a wealth of information and knowledge on the internet and Youtube is a great resource for visual learners.
Let new people into your life
A great way to grow is to meet new people and gain new perspectives. We already know that friendships are important, one of the main reasons for this is that allowing people into our lives with different backgrounds and life experiences is a great way for us to grow. No two people have the same experience of life. When you let new people into your life, whether through friendships, team activities, or romantic relationships, it opens you up to a new perspective and new opportunities for growth.
Think about the people who are already in your life. Think of the ways you became friends with them. Now think of all you’ve learned from them! In what ways have they helped you to grow? In what ways have you changed? Now, on top of all of those (hopefully) positive things, think of how beautiful a friendship you have and just how much it means to you? This is the beauty in letting others into your life. Not only do you build lasting and cherished friendships, but you also build bridges that allow you to grow in many areas of your life.
Forgive others and love yourself
Though the day of forgiveness has come and gone, it’s never too late to forgive those who have hurt you. Forgiveness allows you to be free and to grow as a person in ways you couldn’t if you chose to remain stuck in unforgiveness. Forgiveness is a form of loving others and of loving yourself. Two crucial pieces on the journey to growth. When you can forgive and love others in spite of what they may have done to hurt you, you’ll know you are growing as a person. Forgiveness takes a lot of strength.
Love yourself. This is a key to your growth. Love yourself just the way you are, regardless of the ways you may fail or fall short. You are on a journey of growth. Just like all of life, growth is a journey to a destination at which we never arrive. We all enjoy the journey much more if we love ourselves along the way.