ARE YOU CURIOUS?
You never learned anything without curiosity. It actually takes curiosity to open your mind to listen to words being spoken, look at the things around you, click a link in an email, pick up a book, google information, pretty much anything you do except rote activity that’s required. It makes me laugh to think that curiosity is really why we scroll through facebook.
But the curiosity I’m talking about is what we see when toddlers and young children want to pick something up, study a toy, stare at something trying to figure it out. From the time they can grasp something in their little hand, they instinctively bring it to their mouth because their curiosity goes to the most powerful instinct they have at the time to learn about whatever is in their hand.
I’m especially enjoying watching my little grandson, who will be turning two in a couple weeks, go after knowing everything he can about whatever he sees or gets his hands on. He has to turn it over, feel every part of it, see how many different ways he can maneuver it or how many sounds he can get out of it. He especially loves cars no matter the size, in fact, it was one of his first words. He turns it over to study the bottom and turns each little tire separately round and round. He has one of those battery powered four wheeler’s and no matter how many times he’s ridden it, every time before he gets on he has to lift the rear and look under it.
When I think about my own curiosity, it’s made me wonder when the curiosity I had as a child faded to the background. There are times when following my curiosity has brought much joy or even opened doors. I get curious about books I hear about or come across and many times, it speaks of something I really needed to know, connects me with a new author, or simply blesses me with a great story.
I also remember the time while at Sea Ranch, CA, exploring the beauty of Hwy 1, I spotted a beautiful peninsula that sparked a wonder and curiosity in me. What would it be like to walk out to the end and be surrounded by the sea? It would have been easy to talk myself out of it being by myself, and with time getting away, might keep me from getting back to familiar territory before dark.
This time, I went with my curiosity not wanting to miss the experience. After all, the times I’ve been on the beach are so few. There was a wide turn out and a break in the roadside barrier. I couldn’t tell for sure just how far it jutted out or how far I would have to walk. When I came to what seemed about half way, I looked back at what was obviously a further distance than I realized as well as an upward slope.
The terrain was getting a little rougher, the grass a little higher, the dirt trail less traveled. Many who ventured out obviously hadn’t braved it to the point, but I looked ahead to the beckoning point of the peninsula. I was going to know what it felt like to stand at the point as if I was in the middle of the sea.
There I stood on the point. I felt the all-encompassing breeze whisp through my hair and breathed in the most sensual scents I ever had. The music of the sea like waves in the soul. I looked down at the dancing waves doing exactly what they were created to do and felt a comfort, gratefulness, well-being and fullness I didn’t know was possible.
It indeed was one of the most exhilarating experiences of the trip, or my life. It was hard to let the smile on my face fade or the fullness of my heart wane as I continued along the highway.
But the truth is, how many times do we ignore our curiosity, even in the midst of such wonderment opportunities? Yes, it’s easy to understand how we let every-day little moments of curiosity flit by, but what if we were just as determined as a child to “check it all out?”
What would we learn, what joy, love and new experiences would grace our day, our life? I just know that when I’ve allowed myself to follow my curiosity, I was graced with gifts to carry through life, with nurturing inspiration, with ideas that sparked creativity, which is our soul’s lifeblood.
You see, without curiosity we can’t grow, expand, fully live.
In her book, Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert says, “Most of all, be ready. Keep your eyes open. Listen. Follow your curiosity. Ask questions. Sniff around. Remain open. Trust in the miraculous truth that new and marvelous ideas are looking for human collaborators every single day. And for heaven’s sake, try not to miss the next one.”
Will you join me in consciously allowing yourself to follow your curiosity for one day and let me know the grace that comes to you? Email me