First let me say welcome to day 16 of my 30 day blog challenge, WHAT?? Are you still with me? If you are I will have to give you a medal. Who knew when I started this challenge that the world was going to go crazy!!! So I have been feeling a little out of sorts with all of this virus news. The challenge post today was about, My Thoughts on Education. I will get to that in just a minute. But first, my motivation.
I got up this morning and watched the news. It was scary but it actually made me feel motivated. A plan must be done for my workplace. I think I have mentioned many times that I work at a tourist attraction. We see approximately 150,000 people a year. So of course with all the spring breaks going on around the country we are busy!!!
Now, do we act like business as usual and have all of our staff come in and proceed with the day as we usually do? or do we heed the warning of the CDC, our local government and President and practice this “social distancing” that we know we need to be doing?
So here was the plan: We started the day with reduced hours, this only pissed people off, we reduced the number of people being let into our attraction, this really pissed some people off, and finally we shortened tours. This was just the final straw for most people and they were not happy. It was easier to explain to people that we were closed than try to explain all the other.
I had a one hour conference call with about 20 other attractions that are in our southern area. I am so grateful for them. After hearing their decisions, well most of them, to close their businesses it made our decision a little easier to just go ahead and close our attraction for a couple of weeks. We really hated to do it but felt it was the best all the way around. No I do not get a two week vacation.
So needless to say, what a day!!! I felt like I was a zombie going into my house, feeding the babies, walking the babies, feeding me, etc. I think I was on auto pilot. Calgon take me away!!!! (Only those of you who are old will know what I mean by that ha ha) I actually did a post about Calgon if you want to check it out here.
So here are my thoughts on education. I believe that education is so important. I live in a rural Appalachian area where education, unfortunately, is not always the most important or the most sought after goal. I was actually 28 years old before I finished my college education. I didn’t have money growing up, my parents didn’t have money to send me to college. I had to work my way through and I did. Sometimes working 40 hours a week and carrying 22 hours at school. Oh and let me throw in there, I was newly married so I really didn’t have a clue.
I believe in getting all the education you possibly can if that is what you want for you. I have also seen many of my young employees not know what they want to do and go into college directly after high school, without a plan, and fail. I think it sometimes takes age to know exactly what you want. I do not regret being older and being in college. It helped me to know exactly what I wanted or didn’t want to do.
I don’t think that everyone is meant to go to college. There are wonderful trade schools out there. Many people are happy with doing specialty classes and learning a trade.
So my thoughts on education are, use your judgement or let your child be able to make a decision that may benefit them for the rest of their lives. If they truly feel that they are not ready to further their education, then they probably aren’t going to, and a lot of time and money will be wasted. But the true fact is, education is learning. Learning something every day. So never stop learning. Learning is powerful!!!!
My thoughts only,
Love your day your way!!!