Never stop learning

15 March 2014

Writing this blog each day is a constant learning curve. From new discoveries about my own ancestors for #52Ancestors to delving deeper into family, local and social history records, documents and websites, I quite literally learn something new every day.

Beware the ides of March was a phrase used in William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar (1599) but I have never really known what it meant. Until now….! In the ancient Roman calendar, the Ides denote the 15th day of March, May, July and October, and the 13th day of other months. The Ides of March are the best-known because on this day in 44 BC, Julius Caesar met his death at the hands of a group of conspirators who stabbed him in the Senate House, Rome.

The assassination was motivated by a desire to restore republican freedom to a country that was increasingly dominated by its dictator. However, the act failed to achieve its aims and this led instead to further civil war.

Another random piece of knowledge to add to my memory banks. After you finish school, you don’t have someone giving you homework. And while you probably spent many years looking forward to that, it’s important to realise that learning is a big part of what makes life interesting. When your learning is self-directed, it can be a lot more fun than school was. You were given a large brain for a reason. Use it.

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