By Jes Bouchard
Like most things in life, I have a theory. This one is about knowledge.
See, when I was younger, the only thing I wanted to do was help people. I knew that my life would have been so much different if I had had some help along the way, so I made it my goal to help as many people as possible. I paused, thought, and asked myself, “How can I help people?”
I pondered this for a while. I had known I wanted to be a Girl Scout CEO, but I just couldn’t figure out the best way to help people in that role. Then I got sick, which made finding a “helping” solution even more difficult – but also more urgent. I didn’t know how much time I had, so to achieve the goal of “helping people,” I had to find a way to do it – and fast.
So, once again, I found myself looking to MickBie for advice. I was walking with her down a street and she stopped. I said, “Come on, girl,” but she didn’t budge. She started to whine and pace around me. I knew what she was doing, but more importantly, so did she. MickBie had the knowledge of how to save me, to protect me, to help me.
And then it hit me: if I want to help people, I have to have knowledge.
I can’t help you with your algebra if I don’t know basic arithmetic. I can’t help you change the oil in your car if I don’t know how to undo the pan and pick out the filter. I can’t help you build a house if I don’t know the difference between a hammer and screwdriver. I can’t help you with your chemistry if I… Well, I’ll never be able to help you with your chemistry.
But, you get the point. If I want to help people, I have to have knowledge. And the best way to get knowledge, in my opinion, is to live.
Here’s to me acquiring a lot more knowledge – and I hope the same for you.