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Note to Self: Keep Asking Questions

As we grow older, we keep expecting to know everything. But the truth is, we are never really certain of ourselves. For this reason, it's crucial we never stop asking questions.

Growing up, we were encouraged to ask questions. If we didn’t know the answer, we were to seek it out. In college, I was taught how to analyze and rephrase a question. I was hungry for knowledge and I was finally in an environment where questions meant that you were moving forward and not that you were falling behind and trying to catch up.

Then, after college, I felt like I was launched into a new in-between place where I had to ask questions because everything was so new, but I felt like I couldn’t because I felt like I should know by now what I was doing.

One thing I’ve learned, over and over again, is that just because you reach a certain point in time, whether it’s your 24th birthday, graduation day from college, or the day of your wedding, you won’t magically have all the answers. It’s not about reaching a certain age or checking off a certain accomplishment, it’s about the process and what you learn along the way.

My advice to you, and to myself, is to ask more questions.

I’ve graduated from college but I’m not finished learning and I hope I never will be. If you haven’t found the answer to the problem or a solution for a situation, keep asking questions. I’m not sure where along the line we were given the idea that asking a question means you’re inferior or unintelligent.

In my mind, having the ability to acknowledge what you know, and what you don’t know, is invaluable. If you can see your weak points and challenge them, you can grow. Having a lifelong curiosity can only help us, can only feed us, and can only fuel our passion and drive us to succeed. Why would anyone want to stop that?

If you’re wondering about the policy at something at work, ask your manager. He or she would rather you check on an important company policy than guess on the right thing to do. If you’re wondering how to get to a certain store and have passed that one sign four times on your way, ask for directions.

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And most of all, if you’re trying to figure out where you want to be, what you want to do, or who you want to be, ask yourself just that. Reflect. Wonder about all that you’ve experienced in your past, and think about the things that have excited you, caused you to falter or doubt yourself, and the things that have whispered to your soul you can do this.

Ask yourself tough questions. Ask your peers tough questions. Continue to challenge yourself and others. With this, you will continue to grow.

About the Author

Marina Crouse

Marina has a B.A. in French and an MFA in Creative Writing. In her free time she is reading, cooking, traveling, or binge-watching sitcoms on Netflix.


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