My parents often tell me that knowledge is power. And that it’s good to have a good education and to push myself as far and go as high as I can, because in life, people can take away all your possessions but the knowledge and information that you gain is there forever. When they first told me this, I didn’t really get it but now I do. With whatever knowledge that you gain in life, whether taught to you in school or not, it will help you in some way later on. Even teaching yourself new things like a new language or skill, can be the foundation to bettering yourself and being able to do new things.

Think about it, when you already have the knowledge about how to do a certain task or about a certain subject, even just a little, you are already ahead of the pack. Maybe you taught yourself a bit about how to play the guitar at home and then you decide to take a class. Even if it’s a beginners class, you’ll still be more advanced because you may already know the basics and have an idea of what to do. Or let’s say that your travelling to another country, and even though you may not know how to speak the native tongue, you can read up a bit about the land, its customs and languages and you can have an idea of what to expect. This way you don’t assume anything and end up accidently insulting someone or getting lost (not the best way to kick off your trip).

And that’s just the beginning, once you have this knowledge, you can use it in your everyday life and create experiences and moments that you will remember forever. After all, wisdom is just knowledge gained through life experiences. So someday, you can pass it down to those around you and teach someone else something new.

Here is a link to the MIT website, where there are over 2,000 free courses that you can download and enjoy!