Learning for me is a goal I’ve set for a long time ahead. I want to read and write better and to get my grade 12 in 5 years. This is my future and walking back into learning has been a long road. The door to learning by getting over my shyness and a disability has been hard. Most of my classmates don't know and I don't tell them too much about it. I've found learning has made me more outgoing and things I'm learning have improved so much. With higher self-esteem, I can accomplish most anything I put my mind to. I have a positive attitude and will never give up no matter what happens. A better education is with a wonderful teacher who helps me. The best motivators for learning are interest and self benefits. I enjoy writing and have contributed to some books:
In Over the Mountain 2, the title of my writing is "The Man in the Picture”. In the book called IN OUR WORDS volume 3, the title is "Reading to the Moon”. Also, I had a recipe in the cookbook called "Food for Thought" put out by students in the adult learning program of Colchester Adult Learning Association and General Arts and Science Program at the Nova Scotia Community College, Truro Campus. My recipe is called One Pot Soup. There will be a story of mine published by We Learn, Women Expanding Literacy Education Action Resource Network in the USA. I would love to go to New York on March 7th to the Celebration of Student Writing, but I’ll not be going. However, I will receive my copy of Women Perspectives in late March. I wrote about Women and Money and my writing is called "Kindness of a Neighbor”.
I still need my dictionary for all my writing but that's ok. I'm enrolled in a computer course and that will help with my goal to be in a computer business someday. My future goals are to read out loud in class and learn to do online banking and write cheques. It’s never too late to learn if the door is open. If I never walked through that door of learning I never would be where I am now. This is a very big achievement for a shy lady with a disability. I can apply my new skills to my life and read more books, magazines, recipes, and work bank machines. So many doors have opened to me by learning and setting goals. I've read this little writing by Jane Evershed.
"To read is to empower
To empower is to write
To write is to influence
To influence is to change
To change is to live"
This really makes me think how learning helps change my life.