“You should be a lawyer”. I can’t begin to count how many times my Mom said that to me growing up. I asked questions about E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G because I have always had an insatiable need to find out why, when, who, where or how. The unanswered and the unknown light a fire in me and my curiosity is piqued quite often. When posed a question some might say, I don’t know and leave it at that. I wouldn’t and I couldn’t stop there.
What did we do before we could do a quick search on the internet to find answers? Encyclopedias were very cumbersome and sifting through the card catalog at the library to find the book you need for reference was time consuming. But that’s what we had, and it worked for us at that time. Information was not at our fingertips like it is now. The internet helps to feed us curious types and I am glad it’s around. Had it been accessible years ago, I’m sure Mom would have told me to use it, because there were times she just didn’t have the answers.
Curiosity fuels creativity.
“We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney
There is much in life that remains unexplored. When we open our eyes and our minds and begin to live mindfully, we start wondering about the how and the why. We grow and evolve and become more aware of life. We limit ourselves when we accept only what is.
Looking back, many inventions and ideas were all started with a curious mind.
As a young child, Henry Ford took apart a pocket watch because he wanted to know how it worked. We all know where this inquisitiveness led Henry in his life and how our lives were affected because of it.
Steve Jobs’, who designed the first Macintosh Computer, quit college but enrolled in a calligraphy class. We can thank Mr. Jobs’ for expanding his horizons. His fascination with typography in that class led to the wide choice of fonts we use today in our word processing software.
Over the course of my lifetime, I’ve known several people who went back to college as an adult. Some might ask, Why? I say Why not? The reasons for returning vary. Maybe it was due to a job loss and a need to re-educate oneself for a different career path. Or it may be that person wants to open their mind to new possibilities. For those with a curious nature, they are always left with wanting more and to learn new things to quench that thirst. It doesn’t have to be college. It can be anything from reading books to doing crossword puzzles or taking an art class. If it teaches you something, it’s keeping your mind from aging.
“I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
When we stop pondering things, I believe life just gets boring. As children, we asked a lot of questions. Why is the sky blue? Why do we have to go to school? Where do babies come from? A constant barrage of why, why, why? We usually refer to a child as a sponge. They pick up and absorb everything and adapt to situations so easily. That’s curiosity.
Why do we stop when we reach adulthood? Is it because we think we know all there is to know? Is it because we just don’t care to know anything further? Or is it because the fear of uncertainty and failure hold us back. As we get older, we tend to want to stay in our comfort zone and not explore new ideas and experiences. We tend to second guess things and not want to take risks. We end up stuck, and soon curiosity is nowhere to be found.
So, how do we redevelop that curious nature we had as a child? It’s simple. Every day ask questions about things in your life, however mundane they may be. What is that? Why is it made that way? When was it made? Who invented it and why? What purpose does it have? How could it be improved? If you don’t ask, you don’t know.
I didn’t become a lawyer like my Mom thought I should be, but I didn’t stop asking questions either. I’m always fascinated, always curious and never bored. I challenge you to ask questions, learn new things and be fascinated with life because it has so much to offer.