The Capacity to Learn

Four days ago, I welcomed my third daughter into the world and I have learnt so much already.

It’s funny how you can experience something twice before, yet still have the capacity to learn so much more. From breastfeeding technique to the ways you can settle a baby, there is always an endless amount of things for a parent to improve.

And I think that’s a very important thing to recognise; when it comes to anything in life, learning is always an ongoing process. Even though it can feel safe to stay in one place, welcoming change and the ability to improve is what makes a person grow.

By critiquing what we already do, we are increasing our ability to do BETTER. And that is why implementing constructive criticism is so important. As a child, I always found it hard to accept it for what it was – constructive. Then as the years went by, I came to realise that in order to perform at my personal best, I must be willing to find out not only what I was doing right, but wrong as well.

And this significance of learning can even be applied to relationships. Even the most “perfect” of couples still have things to learn about their relationship and about each other. That is why communication is so important. When your partner expresses how they feel about something that upsets them, listen to them. Just because a couple disagrees, does not mean they aren’t right for each other; it means they are willing to accept they have differences, while at the same time doing all they can to work through them.

These challenges of learning are vital to our self-growth and with them, we are always one step closer to becoming the best person we can be. Remember, life is a journey; you are always trying to find out who you are and what you have to offer the world.

Don’t be let down by the fact that someone feels you need to improve. Use the challenge to drive you to get better. Don’t let the mistakes of the past get you down, let them guide you to what IS right. And know that by having the capacity to learn, you are opening yourself up to being so much more than you already are.

Thuy Le (formerly known as Thuy Yau) is a freelance writer and Youth Work graduate living in Perth, Australia. She loves to share her own personal experiences about overcoming adversity, as she believes that human beings are more capable than they realise. She writes to make a positive difference in the world and to inspire others to learn from themselves and their own experiences. Her writing has been discussed on radio, won writing contests, appeared on The Huffington Post UK and major Australian sites such as, SMH, Kidspot and Essential Kids. She has just completed her first book – a memoir - and is on the search for a publisher.

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