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It’s that time of year again when the kids are going back to school. Some students, who are on the year-round schedule, have already started. Others are going to start on Monday. From pre-school to college, students, parents and teachers are getting ready. But what about the rest of us?

Education is not just for the younger generation. In fact, many people believe in the concept of life-long learning. That may or may not include some type of formal education, but what is important is that an individual continues to learn throughout his or her entire life. And the good part is that each of us can determine our own curriculum.

Here is the million-dollar question: “What would you like to learn?” Unfortunately, most of us have never been asked that question. The education we received as children and young adults was already prescribed for us. When we completed that education we earned diplomas, degrees, and other such credentials. That was all well and good. However, much of what we learned was not of our own choosing. So, why not take the plunge now?

Even if we are too old to pursue a course of study that may or may not have led to a long ago desired career, it is never too late to learn ABOUT that career. For example, if we always wanted to be an artist, we could take a course at a local community center in basic drawing. Or we could become a docent at an art museum. The creative ways that we can add to our learning about the things that are interesting to us are almost limitless.

One of the other great advantages of continued learning and designing our own curriculum is that we can choose to do it alone or with others. We can take a friend, a spouse, or a child along with us to pursue an interest that we have. And it’s always so much more enjoyable to do what we love with others who share the same enthusiasm as our own.

So, as we see the school buses back on the road, we can feel a sense of camaraderie with the kids on the road. We’re all in the process of growth.

• Kathy Brown is a health and life coach. She has a Master of Counseling degree from Arizona State University, a certification with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition as a certified holistic health coach. She is a certified personal trainer and health coach with the American Council on Exercise. Reach her at, (602) 320-7325, or visit

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