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Always a Student
July 20, 2016
Always be a student.
I can hear you now, “More school?! No thanks!” That’s also what I’ve said and thought. I was never the best student and to be honest, that never really bothered me, but I’m not talking about a student in that sense of the word. I’m talking about being a student in LIFE. In everything you do.
Let me tell you a little something about my husband. He is persistent. The type that will not take no for an answer and I mean that in the best possible way. Take our relationship, for example. When we were dating, our time together was mainly me watching him do homework. For hours. That was usually the only time I was able to spend with him. That lasted through 1 year of dating, our 10-month engagement, and a year of marriage after which he graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. Our 2nd year of marriage started with us making the decision to pack up and move to Boulder, CO so he could pursue his Master’s degree. Again, I watched him day in and day out study and work to the point of exhaustion to finish and finish well. It took him a year and a half.
I have never known anyone with that much determination. To do something no matter what. It had nothing to do with being “smart”. In fact, to be quite honest, many times he would tell me, “I don’t belong here with these people. It takes me double the time to do what some of them can.” But still, he pushed and pushed and became the best. No one could outwork him. He was a determined student no matter what life threw at him and now, 7 years into our marriage, he is still a student. Every single day he is learning something. If he is passionate about it, he will be the best at it gosh darn it! Around 2 years ago he started taking pictures during his time outdoors and was sharing it on social media. It’s now grown into a business with so much potential and is leading him and us to new avenues we would have never thought possible. All of this on top of him already working full time as an engineer. His business began simply as a means to share his outdoors adventures and today it’s grown into much more.
I’m not just trying to brag on my husband and all he’s done (ok maybe a little). My desire here is to encourage you to always remain a student! He has been the greatest example to me to keep pushing and not give up on your dreams. He is my inspiration because I’ve seen all the “behind the scenes” stuff. Everything from breaking down to picking himself back up and getting right back to it. That’s what I strive to be. My husband and I are so very different but I believe if we all have a passion and believe in something strongly then why not be the very best at it? Why not be a student of it and dedicate yourself every day to be better and better? Whether you‘re 14 years old or 90 years old I believe we should always push to be a better version of ourselves.
I’m speaking to myself here as this is honestly one of my biggest faults. At one point, I became so discouraged because things always seemed to take me longer to understand or just didn’t go as I had envisioned. So I gave up. I have a fear of failure and have found I sometimes start things and never finish. In the beginning I have high hopes, I feel brave, and I take the leap but I have rarely seen it out to whatever end there is. But these past two years I have been intentionally pushing myself out of my “comfort zone”. I am learning, reading, and doing better! Whether the end is as I had envisioned it would be I am following my passion. It’s not always easy but we were never promised “easy”.
“I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.”
So whatever you’re pursuing, be a student of it. Don’t give up. Be persistent. The end may just be more than you ever dreamed and even if it isn’t, the journey is absolutely worthwhile.