Adulthood forces us to lose our childlike curiosity. For many of us, the passage of time flies by as quickly as a yearly one week vacation. At the end of a 24-hour-day, our to-do lists go forlorn and unfinished. Each uncompleted to-do follows us from one day to the next, playing catch me, if you can. It is little wonder that we have no time to satisfy any few remaining curiosities.
On the other hand, small children experience time very differently. They live in the moment, and their days are spent satisfying their many curiosities. They follow the bread crumbs, eager to see where they may lead. Unlike adults, their 24-hour-days are packed with pursuing a multitude of adventures and seeking answers to questions that raise more questions to be answered. Each day is pregnant with possibilities, since their minds never lack for captivating thoughts, ideas and potential explorations.
Unfortunately, as they grow older, life indoctrinates them to refocus on “grown-up” goals, like formal education, careers, the house with the white picket fence, and families, leaving little time to appease their curiosities.
There is no doubt that our adult lives are filled with necessary responsibilities and obligations that we cannot ignore. Nevertheless, we must set aside the time to fully engage with this one life. We are surrounded by endless curiosities to unearth and examine. A curious nature inspires us, uncovers new, fertile paths to follow, fosters growth, and expands the imagination—all things that bring balance, joy, and wonder to our often serious and stressful adult lives.
So, curious to know where ladybugs hang out? How many times have you wondered where that street leads? Well, follow and see for yourself. Every now and again, follow your curiosity wherever it takes you. It just might expand your mind, enrich your life, and at the very least, satisfy your curiosity. Say “yes” to curiosity.
What do you really want to do in this your one life? I mean, that one calling that you’ve stuffed deep down inside, because it seems too impractical, a pipe dream, or impossible. The thing that you’ve been told or you’ve come to believe that you are not.
How many of us become excited at the thought of being a writer, a dancer, a painter, an architect, a doctor, or any number of occupations or callings? We think of it with longing and wistfulness, because we are too afraid or believe that we simply are enough. Is that true?
We have no way of knowing, because we haven’t tried. As the quote reminds us, “you have to do the verb, in order to be the noun.” We must learn to dance in order to be a dancer, paint in order to be a painter, study architecture in order to be an architect, and study medicine in order to be a doctor. You get the point. In this case, the “doing” is necessary for us to “be” the thing that is in our heart. It is as simple as that, because there are no shortcuts, and it takes courage and practice.
So, the question is: who do you wish to be? Once you’ve answered that all important question, take the necessary steps to make it happen. It won’t happen over night, but in time, it will surely happen. What are you waiting for to begin the life of your dreams?