Well we are gradually coming out of hibernation, many of us are twice as tall as a year ago, many of us are alcoholics and many of us have found new ways to climb walls we never thought we could climb.
And we watched a lot of television, didn’t we? I know I still have to catch up BoJack Cavalier and might even be tempted to watch breaking Bad again but one thing I have come across over the past few months is online education.
It all started with CuriosityStream which is a great website of all kinds of science videos and then while driving I went over to The Great Courses like audio books.
But since getting home, I’ve signed up for some classes at Central New Mexico Community College, which now has many of its classes online, at least for the duration of the pandemic.
Did you know that one of the known habits of rich and prosperous people is to choose education over entertainment? Look at it this way: When you’re entertaining yourself, whether it’s live music, a movie or TV, or something passive, your brain is breaking down.
It can be fun, it can be relaxing, but your mind is spending its resources to gain nothing at all. It is the mental equivalent of the harvest.
Education, on the other hand, is the mental equivalent of sowing seeds. It is to improve your mind, your knowledge, your thinking skills. It’s a huge investment in your time that pays off in all kinds of ways.
And now, with so much going on online, you have so many new things to choose from. Want to finally learn guitar or get past the few riffs you’ve been playing since the age of 17? Now there are video lessons all over the place that teach you all types of musical instruments. Want to know more about investing? There is a course for that.
I wanted to learn how to fly, and there’s an amazing video course that costs peanuts compared to what you would pay in ground school tuition, and you can even watch it on your phone. Udemy offers a ton of online courses. I am also registered in music theory.
But our own Central New Mexico Community College will have courses you can use to upgrade your entire education. There’s no better time than now to sign up for a math class, English class, or something more specific to your interests and possible career change at some point.
Check out their website and the huge list of courses. And if you want something practical and practical, there are classes on everything from welding to aircraft maintenance and truck driving, which I did a few years ago, with discounts. interesting things New Mexico has to offer to its residents.
Lots of courses are online, of course, and you can certainly do the forerunners of the majors, which you’ll need before you progress. And remember, the fees aren’t huge. You can get government aid if you can’t afford the courses, and you can deduct the cost from your taxes.
Be smart! Get an education while it’s happening. You will not regret it.
Jack Lee is a truck driver, actor, and will likely be a tourist bus driver in the Plaza for the summer. He writes a thesis, The adventures of a failed actor, as well as several self-help books focused on survival, trauma, and finding the life you really want. Making It Through is a column by local workers and entrepreneurs on the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.