You Live, You learn

Learn as if you get to live forever.
Live like there is no tomorrow.

I forgot where I came across these words but it certainly left a great impression on me. I think I already got the second statement down — seize the day. No day but to day. Live as if today is your last.

As for the first one… Hmm.

Adding the first statement, for me, gives “carpe diem” more sense. It becomes more realistic to implement and uphold. Some might say, why learn if you don’t get to live tomorrow? Then, wouldn’t it just be useless? This might be true, but this is just what a pessimistic (and mischievous) person would automatically say. Because being realistic, and in turn more optimistic, the two ideas gel perfectly. I mean, you don’t really get to live literally only for a day, right? We have to accept that the future is inevitable and we have to continue living it without the regret of not fully getting to do or giving our 100% in the days before.

Being to give our best and being able to make the wisest decisions comes only from learning.
Learning new things you’ve always wanted and dreamed of doing.
Learning from our mistakes.
Learning more about ourselves and our friends to better relationships.

There are just endless things we can learn to be able to live fully everyday.
Recognizing and accepting that IS the first step.

On a personal note, now that I believe I have recognized how important learning is, I’ve decided to learn about things that I’ve always wanted and dreamed of doing. Below are some things that I’ve already done, currently doing, and still plan to do (in no particular order).

1. Join theater workshops

I have already attended two last year and I intend to join more this year.

2. See, read and learn more plays and movies as possible

Good thing, a lot of good shows and movies are lined up this year. Cannot wait!

3. Read as many books, short stories, articles, and publications of many different genres as I can

I target to finish at least 25 books this 2013 (as documented in my goodreads account) and I started downloading interesting magazines and articles in iTunes just for light reading in some parts of the day.

4. Write, blog, practice!

Participating in Daily Post 2013 of WordPress forces me to write at least once a day but it keeps me thinking constantly all the rest. Knowing that you’ll have to write about something makes your brain hyperactive for ideas.

5. Taking online classes

I’ve recently discovered of Apple’s iTunes U and Coursera, where you get to sign up to online classes for free! Plus, the topics are endless. From creative writing, to digital sound design, to nanotechnology and Evolution. I got so excited and hyped by everything that currently, I am signed up to three classes in Coursera and downloaded all modules for five different topics on iTunes U. Hope I can finish all of them.

6. Learn to drive

Now this is something that I really have been putting on hold because I fear that if I learned how to drive, I would start craving for a car. And I just cannot afford to have a car yet. But I’ve totally decided to learn this year, car or no car.

7. Find spirituality

Now, this is just merely being able to find time to always reflect and go to church. But, lately, I’ve amped this up a bit by starting to be more active in the celebration of the “Year of Faith”.

My list does not end here but these seven are my first steps at learning more to live with no regrets! Start a list if your own now and don’t wait for tomorrow to do them. 🙂


2 Comments on “You Live, You learn”

  1. papepiepopu says:

    the quote is from maya angelou :)… nice list jack! i have my list too. hehe… let’s enroll sa driving together, coz pa-expire na driver’s license ko. haha

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