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WHY? JUST BECAUSE
THE IMPORTANCE OF LEARNING FOR LEARNING’S SAKE
W hen it comes to major holidays, August is definitely a drought month. But there’s one, little known holiday on Aug. 27 that I think deserves more attention: Just Because Day. Just Because Day is exactly what it sounds like — a day to do something just because you want to do it. You don’t need any ulterior motive or overarching plan for whatever skill or experience you have in mind. Just get out there and do it! This holiday reminds me of when I taught myself the sign language alphabet at age 13. I didn’t have any big reason for learning it; I just saw it in an encyclopedia and committed it to memory. I don’t know many words in sign language beyond what I can spell with the alphabet, but even years after learning it, I can still sign the whole alphabet. The end of August is when students and members of the workforce really get back to work. Many of our employees at our practice are just finishing up their vacations, and their hearts and minds are focused on grinding straight through the autumn months to Thanksgiving and Christmas. The end of August is the beginning of a season of incredible focus and single-mindedness, but I don’t think it has to be.
So many students go to school just to get the grade, and so many workers and employees just work for the weekend, the paycheck, and the holidays. We’re always rushing onto the next thing, and anything that has the potential to distract us is pushed aside. But whatever happened to learning for learning’s sake? I’m willing to bet that everyone has a skill, an experience, or maybe a vacation destination they’ve continually put off because it doesn’t work with their overall goals.
to learn or do? Maybe there’s a local tourist destination you’ve always wanted to visit, or maybe you’ve wanted to learn a few chords on the guitar. Who knows? Maybe those experiences will open up new doors in your life, and all you had to do to find your true calling was step off that safe, single-minded path. At the very least, you’ll learn a little something and experience some satisfaction for finally doing that thing you’ve been putting off. We shouldn’t forget our goals, but we don’t have to be bound by them, either. I hope that more and more people will become okay with doing things “just because.” On a final note, I would be remiss not to mention another important day in August: my sister Tracy’s birthday. Happy Birthday Tracy, and here’s to a terrific year ahead of you!
“WE SHOULDN’T FORGET OUR GOALS, BUT WE DON’T HAVE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, EITHER. I HOPE THAT MORE AND MORE PEOPLE WILL BECOME OKAY WITH DOING THINGS ‘JUST BECAUSE.’”
Before we all take the plunge into this season of focus and productivity, I would encourage everyone to take Just Because Day to at least ponder what experiences you’ve been putting off. What have you always wanted
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