Read part 1 here: Education as an Element of Provident Living
A few years ago my husband decided he’d like to learn how to Fly Fish. You know, the iconic standing in the river with the sun flashing off the water and lighting the little dust particles in the air. While the fisherman whips his line back and forth through the air. One hand on the pole and the other guiding the excess line. The quiet sounds of the stream and the birds murmuring in the distance.
He has been fishing all his life. Mom and Dad are fisher-people, but they didn’t do fly fishing in the traditional sense. His desire was fueled by a Brother at Church whom he was working with. This brother is an avid fly fisher and offered to teach and take my husband fishing whenever he’d like. My husband learned and started collecting the gear he’d need from Christmas and Birthday presents. And, when he decided he wanted to know more, shelled out money for an official class on Fly Fishing.
After practicing his new found skill, and loving every minute of it I might add, he decided he wanted to tie his own flies. Thankfully, Grandpa knows a thing or two about that so my husband visited and got his first lesson in tying flies. I gave him a starter kit for Christmas. He bought some books, watched a million and a half YouTube videos on the subject, practiced a lot, and is now a fairly proficient “Tie Flyer”.
Where am I going with all of this? Well, I think this story gives a couple of great patterns for continuing education in our lives.
My husband had an interest, found someone who was knowledgeable, learned from them, was interested in more, collected necessary equipment, and then paid for a class or greater information. The fishing skill lead him to something new, he found someone who was knowledgeable, was interested in more, collected necessary equipment, and then paid for books and researched more information.
Too many times I think we rush out and spend a lot of money on something we are interested in, or that we think we should learn about, just to find out that it’s not so interesting to us anymore and we are left with not much to show for our time and expense. Researching and learning more for free before spending money is a good habit to get into.
So, where can you find out stuff for free? Here’s my list:
- Books (the Library)
- Free Online Classes
- Family (Especially Grandparents!)
Once you know you’re ready to spend money here’s some ideas on where you can go for a more in-depth education:
- Paid Online Classes (Craftsy is a good one)
- Independent Study Programs (Check your local colleges and universities for these)
- Traditional College and University Classes and Degree programs
- Classes at Stores ( I know Joanne’s offers some)
- Community Centers
Wherever you get it from make sure your information is reliable and feel free to gather from several different sources to get the absolute fullest and best knowledge.