When you hear the word education, most people think of school be it K-12 or college. But there is so much more to learn about life than what you can glean from books and lectures. Things like building something with your hands or understanding nature in all its forms.
These are sadly becoming lost arts. Generations of young people never get to see more than cement streets and high rise apartments. And when they need something, they buy it at the mall or go without. Video games provide a false reality, but few kids do anything that builds real confidence. Being raised on participation trophies develops a false reality that leads to lifelong insecurities. Life isn’t a video game.
Life isn’t easy, it’s not supposed to be. Building character requires some hardship and pain. Lessons that mold and shape us into what we are. Hardship also teaches humility, which leads to compassion for others. It gives one the ability to consider another’s point of view.
Mushing dogs can do that for a young person, even an older person can learn from these remarkable animals. Learning to take care of them, understand them, and work in a team environment are huge lessons that apply to our own lives.
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”