Learning never ends. Once a person comes to accept this statment, they can begin to actively live the life of a lifelong learner. It is a good life and I am living it to the max. A few years ago, I felt my brain wasn't being challenged as much as I would like. Most people would buy a puzzle book. I took a masters degree.
Lifelong learning doesn't have to mean going to school. It could be reading a magazine about something that interests you, like mechanics, flying or hunting. A committment to that learning could be as simple as committing to a subscription to that magazine, or it could be taking a night class in a subject that interests you. Learning can be fun - it doesn't have to be tied to a job or involve taking notes and studying. Following personal interests and working towards discovering new information and trying new things is all it takes.
There are lots of things to make you think. I was introduced to a website which made me think. It has lots of speakers on a wide variety of topics which in turn generate a lot of different ideas. The website is TED. If you have some time to burn, it is well worth a look.
A Short Biography
It is important to have somewhat of an idea about who you are dealing with, especially if this person is going to be giving some "life and death" sort of instruction. This is a short bio which will - hopefully - convince you that this Lewis character might actually have more than an inkling as to what he is talking about.
Mr. Lewis was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and grew up on a farm in the Moose Jaw river valley. He grew up exploring the 100+ acres of hardwood forest surrounding the river. He got his first gun when he was 8 (a Daisy Safari BB gun) and has been shooting ever since. By the time he finished high school, he had obtained his certification as a hunter education instructor in Saskatchewan, he had become an ardent deer and bird hunter, as well as a laid back fisherman. Mr. Lewis wanted to be a Conservation Officer - a fish and wildlife officer - but things just didn't work out. Eventually, he got a degree in industrial arts education from the University of Saskatchewan and moved to Hanna in 1990. He is heavily involved in Ducks Unlimited and has been for many years. Mr. Lewis has sat on local, district and provincial councils, as well as holding a two-year term on the national board of director's education committee. He continues to chair the local DU dinner and is also the current provincial chairman. Hunting and fishing are two of his favorite pastimes and he enjoys getting out in the country with his daughter whenever he can. The 2009 season was esepcially exciting as both he and his daughter were drawn for antlerless and antlered mule deer, as well as white tail deer. Although the pair weren't able to get out as much as they had hoped, his daughter closed her doe tag on November 19 and her mule buck tag on the afternoon of the last day. One of their favorite parts was having two mule bucks in the back of the truck at the same time, as Mr. Lewis closed his tag 61 minutes after his daughter!!! Unfortunately - or fortunately - his daughter's buck scored 20 inches larger than her father's. Mr. Lewis was most certainly proud of both animals, regardless. Getting kids outdoors is very important to Mr. Lewis - when he is asked by his daughter to go "for a tour" he makes every effort to take her. Going "for a tour" is her lingo for getting out of town and into the countryside - whether it is shooting gophers, bird watching, or just driving/walking around to see what they can see. To top it all off, Mr. Lewis is an author, actor, outdoorsman, amateur cook and master eater, and he loves teaching.
A great love of the outdoors has taken Mr. Lewis to many places in search of "The Great Outdoor Experience". Recent adventures include duck hunting in North Carolina and Mexico, and an international conference of hunter education instructors in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 2009, Mr. Lewis was asked to speak to the same conference, this time while it was held in Ontario. His topic was the Alberta school curriculum and the role Hunter Education and the outdoors plays in it. He also starts hunting season in the zones north of Hanna so he can get an extra week of duck hunting in. His moose, elk and bear hunting trip takes him into the foothills of the Rockies west of Fox Creek every year.
Mr. Lewis received the W.I.S.E. Foundation award in February of 2012. This award is given to a person who has made significant contributions to conservation education in Alberta. It was a great honor and he is very proud of the work he has done in conservation education.
During the summer of 2012, Mr. Lewis and a slightly deranged buddy went on a hunting trip to South Africa. The dynamic duo hunted plains game in the North West province west of Johannesburg, where they both harvested zebra and gemsbok, and his buddy also took a springbok and black wildebeest. They moved onto the Limpopo province and hunted an area adjacent to Kruger National Park. Mr. Lewis was lucky enough to get a once in a life time opportunity to hunt a sable antelope which came in only 1/8 of an inch out of the record books. Other species taken included kudu, warthog and a number of giant African crested porcupines. The trip ended with a cape salmon and shark fishing adventure in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Durban, Kwazulu Natal. Some pictures of the adventure are on this website, but if you know him at all, he will gladly sit down with you and show you his pictures, or the video, or the powerpoint, or... If you feed him, he will likely talk all night!!! Overall, it was a fantastic adventure. Anyone interested in going on an African Safari, or would like to hear more about the great experience Mr. Lewis had, feel free to contact him or root around the site True African Safaris.