It is June already! Soon we will be to the halfway point of this crazy year. Over the last couple months, we have all been creating a new normal for our families and for ourselves. In the midst of all the changes to daily life, taking a photo a day has been a constant, the familiar that is the glue that has helped hold together all of the pieces of the unfamiliar.
Life amidst the pandemic has been stressful in different ways for each of us, but it has also brought some unexpected gifts. As a professor, making the fast transition to online teaching over spring break was super stressful, but in the process of doing so, I have learned a lot. And, in my opinion, learning new things is always good! Aside from the necessary learning that I’ve had to do for work, the slowed pace of life has provided the time and space to learn some things just for fun as well.
As I’ve looked through the 365 Picture Today Facebook page and Instagram feed over the last couple months, I’ve noticed that many of you have taken advantage of this time at home to engage in the vast offerings of the online photography classes and videos available; or, have made your way through those books that you have had stacked up waiting to be read when you have time. What a wonderful gift!
I always tell my students, “Once you think you know it all, life is over.” There is always more out there to learn - to hear, to feel, to taste, to smell, to see, to experience. There is something to be learned from every single encounter that we have whether it be with a person, a book, a class, nature, our cameras, or with ourselves.
Here are six reasons why you should learn something new every day:
- Learning enhances your quality of life.
- Learning can reduce stress.
- Learning builds confidence.
- Learning keeps you mentally fit.
- A focus on lifelong learning sets an example for others.
- And, learning something new is fun!
Keep learning, keep clicking, and keep having fun!