March 24th, 2014
At first, I thought she had been abducted by aliens. Or, more urgently, had run out of coffee. Either way, my phone was telling me I actually had a text from my mother, the woman notorious for always carrying her cell phone…in the off position. But here, with formatting and grammar to make Emily Post proud, was a family birthday party invitation from my mother. In the form of a text message!
After recovering from the shock and consulting my sisters, I learned this new skill had been born strictly out of necessity. My brother never answers a ringing phone (only a beeping text) and my mother was tired of being ignored. Those who don’t adapt see their grandchildren less.
Beyond practicality, this need to learn and grow throughout life can spring from untapped potential, latent desire or childhood dreams. If you still wish you had pursued a writing career or gotten that certification in project management, it’s never too late. The library now offers free online, instructor-led courses designed to boost your skills both personally and professionally. Through Learn4Life, you can explore topics such as:
- Start Your Own Small Business
- Teaching Smarter With Smart Boards
- Start Your Own Edible Garden
- CompTIA Security+ Certification Prep
- Secrets of Better Photography
- Explore a Career in Medical Coding
Or, in my mother’s case, the course aptly titled “Get Assertive!” might just kick-start her plan for a summer vacation with the grand-kids. At least until my brother catches on…
What topics are on your to-learn bucket list?