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How To Be A Lifelong Learner

Most of life’s learning comes after our formal education, whether it’s high school or college. Most of life’s learning, especially learning about yourself, comes later on. When we are a child whatever we are getting exposed to is whatever our environment is forcing us to do, or be, or learn. But when you become older and you individualize, you start learning more about yourself. When a parent or a spouse that’s never really been exposed to the recovery process says, “There’s nothing for me to learn, I’m totally cool the way I am,” it usually indicates that this person is really closed-minded, that they are not willing to expand and evolve.

“The more I know, the more I realize I didn’t know.” -Anonymous

Even the most self actualized person, one who has the most confidence, someone who is very stable, can still benefit from personal development in the recovery process. That’s the beauty of being a human – it’s infinite growth. That’s the beauty of being able to recover. When we think we have gotten somewhere, more opens up.

Learn Like A Child

Being a lifelong learner is a wonderful thing. We always admire children and how they are able to learn so much and ask so many questions, how they marvel at this beautiful thing called life, how they’re so curious about it, how they just want to learn. They want to learn about little insects, bugs and ants. There’s a popular story where just when an adult is about to step on some ants, the child says “Stop, stop, I’m studying those ants.”

As adults, we are the same child, just a few moments removed. If you close your eyes and think about your childhood you can go from here to there in just a few moments – you are connected to your child self. So don’t stop learning.

Simply Be Open

If you’re in the recovery process come in as a blank sheet and don’t think that this is something you’re doing for someone else. You are doing this for yourself. Learning new things keeps your mind sharp. A lot of adults say their cognitive ability is not what it used to be, that they are not able to retain things. It’s because they stopped learning, especially those who get into a job or a field where they become masters and experts at, they stop learning about all the other areas in life.

“Never seen anyone too simple to learn but I’ve seen a lot of people too smart to keep it simple.” -James Shand

Overintellectualizing is when someone who thinks they are too smart grabs a concept and breaks it down and makes sense of it. But in recovery, it is best to start by being simple and open and humble and learn to see what you can get out of the experience.

Today is going to be the best day of your life.

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Kelsey Gearhart

Director of Business Development

Kelsey carries multiple years of experience working in the substance abuse and mental health treatment field. Her passion for this field comes from her personally knowing recovery from addiction.

Prior to Buckeye she held titles of Recovery Coach, Operations Director, and Admissions Director. Kelsey was brought on at Buckeye Recovery as the Director of Business Development. She has a passion for ensuring every individual gets the help that they need, and does so by developing relationships with other providers.

Kelsey also oversees our women’s sober living environments – The Chadwick House for Women. She is committed to creating a safe, nurturing, and conducive environment for all women that walk through the doors of Chadwick.