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Knowledge is Power – Learning to Inspire the Next Generation

Knowledge is Power – Learning to Inspire the Next Generation

I’ve always found it difficult to switch my brain off. As far back as I can remember I have loved to read and learn about the world around us. We’ve always been an outdoorsy family too, learning about nature and wildlife is still one of my favourite things to do. In my early twenties, prior to having children, I went from one course to another, as my interests changed and grew. My thirst for knowledge always being the driving force behind my endeavours.

I fell rapidly out of learning when I got pregnant with our eldest daughter. As is the case with many mothers, pregnancy takes its toll and everything else in our lives often gets put on the back-burner. I had hyperemesis, so getting through each minute was a task, never mind each day. Picking up a book was just impossible. Especially the second time around when I had a two month old baby to take care of too.

Fast forward two years and two children later, life seems to be back on an even keel. We have two children that sleep at night and we have a good routine during the day. Now I’m finding that my thirst for knowledge has never been stronger. I struggle to watch naff television or read books that aren’t teaching me something. Mostly because I feel that I should be filling my free time with as much work as possible. I feel that if I am going to do something other than looking after the children or work, it has to be something that I’m going to benefit and learn from.

 

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Getting back on track –

One thing that really bothered me is that until recently, I hadn’t picked up a book for over two years. Not only did I feel like my brain needed a workout, but I find that reading is a great way to escape from everyday life. With two toddlers in the house, it’s often a welcome distraction. So, although I’m not a huge fan of New Years Resolutions, this year I vowed to read more. To nourish my mind and get back into the swing of learning.

I kick started the year with A History of Britain in 21 Women by Jenni Murray. When I first picked up this book there were two things that struck me. One was that I only knew about 4 of the women who were included in this book. Secondly I’m bringing up two future strong women, how am I supposed to do this if I’m not able to teach them about the strong women of our past. I need to be able to educate them on the women that paved the way to the opportunities that are available to them today.

This book marked the beginning of my mission to educate myself further, so that I’m able to inspire the next generation. Hopefully instigating a thirst for knowledge in them too. I think it’s so important for the next generation to appreciate that there’s so much that can be achieved, even when it may appear that the odds aren’t in their favour. I’m not saying I’m going to push our girls too far, that would only saturate their minds beyond their years. There’s an amazing world out there though, with so much experience to gain down whichever path they choose to take. I just want to be able to enrich their lives. To give them the privilege of an education and ultimately, to give them the power of knowledge.

 

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A final word –

Not only do I want to empower my girls, I also want to empower myself. Having children makes you see the world in a whole new light. I’m only too aware that nothing is set in stone. There are no certainties in this life and I don’t want to waste a minute of it. I want a wealth of knowledge that I can can draw on at any point. When I look back over my life I want it to have been enriched with history and culture. I want to look back on an education to be proud of. 

 

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55 Replies to “Knowledge is Power – Learning to Inspire the Next Generation”

  1. I love to read about history and I have developed a passion for learning about nature since having the children and enjoying learning x

  2. You poor lady, my wife has had hyperemesis with our youngest two. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. Anyone who has survived that deserves a medal or badge of some sort. #GlobalBlogging

  3. There is little more liberating and empowering than learning, although I agree pregnancy takes it’s toll. Between baby brain and sleep deprivation, I still struggle – two years after the birth! I have a son and I’m keen that when he grows he has access to books that stretch him but challenge a lot of social norms too, especially around gender, equality, fairness and positive role models #TriumphantTales.

  4. I too love learning! And I’m lucky to have been able to complete university studies in humanities (MA majoring in Art History). At the moment, almost all the learning I do is about autism and learning, and other things related to that, plus also learning a lot about blogging… ?x
    #GlobalBlogging

  5. Love this post! Finding the time to do something for me is my challenge at the moment. I love reading inspirational books and have read quite a lot of biographies. Learning is so important #blogstravaganza

  6. A very relatable post. Ive recently started read my daughter “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls” it’s a children’s book with 100 bedtime stories about the life of 100 extraordinary women from the past and the present. #Blogstravaganza

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