Curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery.
– Victor Hugo
Sometimes, I am curious about so many things that I just have to stop and let it all be.
There is the curiosity that comes with trying to figure something out; someone’s behavior, their choices, the state of things in the world, the condition of our nation in 2013, etc.
Then there is the curiosity that comes from another source. You know, that place within us that dreams?
What if I decided to paint that room blue?
Wonder where I could live so that I could enjoy the mountains and the sea from the same place; literally to see or live on the mountain and be able to turn around in the same room and see the sea or a huge lake?
What would happen if I sold everything I owned and just hit the road?
What if I just stayed put and…wrote a book or two?
What would happen if I called the man of my dreams and said, “Hey, let’s go! We’ve got this life now! Let’s go play!”
What if I rolled down the window the next time I was singing out loud as a song played in the car?
What if I screamed at the top of my lungs when something did not turn out the way I hoped it would?
What if I decided to do n-o-t-h-i-n-g?
What occurs to me is that curiosity is what has fueled creativity for eons. How would we have any of what we enjoy today that we totally take for granted without it?
I am grateful for all of those who gave and still give into their curious hearts and minds. Developing and adjusting their many hypotheses and going for it! Awesome!
Ever heard this one? “Curiosity killed the cat. “
Or from a precious two-year-old, “Why?”
Stop and think for a moment. What have we done to shut down that innocent curiosity? In ourselves, in our children, in the people we lead at work, or in any other situation when someone had a question of any kind.
And…how about this one, “Don’t answer my question with a question!”
Well, why not?
Curiosity is all about questioning. What if I stopped believing all of that BS that filled my head for so many years and kept me from leading my best life? Yep…that means I have to take full responsibility for myself. What I have or haven’t done is no one’s fault.
The unpleasant circumstances of any of my experiences were the unintended consequences of taking someone else’s answers, someone else’s values and beliefs and practices and trying to make them work for me. Guess, what? Sometimes they did and sometimes they didn’t. And what was I left with at the end of all of that? ME.
So I will remain curious. I will ask questions. I will try new things and see how they work out (or not). I will begin to explore exciting places to live that will feed my soul and coax the best of me to be expressed in the most exciting and fun ways possible.
Leading my life on my terms not according to the beliefs that someone handed me. Not according to the old values which may have served someone else in another time.
As God is my creator and is within me, I will live my life of joy, without the tethers of all that would hold me down or keep me to a particular set of timeframes, structures or values.
Living in the question and leading my life!
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