Einstein once told us, “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”
Passionately curious. I love that.
My in-depth consideration of what curiosity does for us all started a few weeks ago with an intriguing comment a man named Archan left me in response to my guest post on The Skool Of Life. He said to me,
“Have you ever seen the old picture of Einstein riding a bicycle and enjoying an ice-cream cone? Einstein was child-like: what a fabulous state of mind. People like that are beyond fear, they just follow their curiosity wherever it leads them.”
After I read Archan’s comment I couldn’t get curiosity out of my mind.
If you think about it, it’s not so hard to ignore the opposite spectrum, which is the fear of trying the things that aren’t ordinary, the usual or the same, if we’re embracing and having fun with our child-like curiosity. It almost takes the scary out of life, or at the very least makes it a bit more fun and intriguing.
MY RELATIONSHIP WITH CURIOSITY
I’ve always had a big curiosity to try pretty much everything. And while I love being a Jill-Of-All-Trades, sometimes it gets to the point where I spread myself too thin. However, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I couldn’t imagine my daily life without diving into into my curiosities like designing awesome websites, taking Zumba classes, learning a new classical guitar song, practicing my Spanish, researching my stock picks for the week, brainstorming and taking action on my entrepreneurial ideas, writing GOOD blog posts, painting that Picasso replica, planning my next big trip around the world, saying more than hey on Twitter, calling the people I love, meeting up with my booty call ;-), taking out my Digital SLR, completing my one-book-a-week goal, writing the next chapter of my own book, and the list goes on and on and on. Of course I need sleep and to eat as well although that gets second priority. Sometimes I like to watch Law & Order: SVU too.
Yea, I may sometimes be killing myself just like that cat did with all this curiosity to try, see, and experience every little thing that intrigues me, but I can’t fight my love for trying new things. And when I do, I put my heart into it. I’m passionate as hell about it.
There’s just no other way for me, and so I embrace my curiosity instead of fighting it like I used to.
WHERE BEING PASSIONATELY CURIOUS TAKES YOU
Curiosity has taken you and I to some far and wide places…
Curiosity sparks our intrigue and fascination with the world that brings us to explore its countries, place ourselves in its cultures, and live in locations so different than the ones we grew up in.
Curiosity inspires us to dive into any new interest we desire to expand on, be it learning a new language, starting a business, or brewing your own beer.
Curiosity get us into trouble, but it also gets us into a whole lot of fun – the kind of fun we never regret and always remember with a huge smile.
Why Not Embrace It?
The trick here is to remember that embracing curiosity can lead you to all the places, people, activities and experiences that spark the fire in your life. These places are far and wide and they go beyond anything you could ever imagine, if you let it.
And the best thing about it is by letting your curiosities guide your actions, you move beyond the fear. It’s no longer an uphill battle against yourself in which you’re constantly having to prove yourself, but rather it’s now fun. When you’re beyond fear, you’re learning, you’re experiencing, you’re open to everything, just like when you were a kid. Back in the day, we weren’t so scared, remember? It was all a mystery. And that’s what being passionately curious is all about.
The passionately curious people of this world are the ones seeing, doing, feeling and being what their wildest dreams are. They’re the ones that create the change, that chase after their wild and crazy goals, that have been around the world and back again. Being passionately curious will take you to, well, anywhere feel like going. Why not embrace it?
And when you do embrace it, be passionate as hell about it.
What are you passionately curious about? What new things are you trying and why? And if you’re like me and you’re passionately curious about an endless array of things, what’s your advice to fit it all in?!
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