I always prided myself on my ability to teach myself things. Whenever I don´t know something, I make sure I read a book, watch a Ted Talk or join an online course until I do. I think education not only offers the great opportunity to open doors, but it can also be passed onto you in a variety of ways whether in classroom or through self-study.
It was only after reading the book Educated by Tara Westover that I realized how much education has to offer. The book has been on the New York Times Best Seller List for months and I was drawn to it in many ways. Tara’s ability to teach herself things is next level and her life story is remarkable.
The book is a memoir that chronicles the journey of a young girl that grows up isolated due to her parents non-mainstream beliefs. Tara didn’t step foot into a classroom until she turned 17, and during her childhood she suffers abuse at the hands of one brother. Tara eventually educates herself enough to be admitted to Harvard and Cambridge, where she obtains her PhD.
Now being estranged with most of her family, Tara says:
“You can love someone and still choose to say goodbye to them. You can miss a person every day, and still be glad that they are no longer in your life.”
Tara’s story is now on my personal reading list and it´s the ultimate example of how complex family ties can be sometimes. But the story is also about how powerful faith and education can be – the ability to see life as it is and then imagine a different life.