Albert Einstein famously said, “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” It is this curiosity that led to all of his discoveries. He wasn’t driven by craving success or needing acknowledgment, he was curious. Curiosity is what gives life its color and music. “It leads to better relationships, more creativity, and great conversations.”
When was the last time you were curious about something to the extent that you stopped what you were doing to learn more? It might have been a long time for many of us since we allowed our curiosity to roam free and let our minds explore a new idea. When life gets busy and it seems like there is too much to do and too little time, curiosity tends to take a back seat.
I’d love to change that. This world is a big and wonderful place, go explore it! What has always interested you? What do you want to learn more about? Being curious is the first step to learning about what you like and don’t like and helps you refine who you are. So, go get out there! Learn something new today.
Take a walk. It doesn’t have to be long, aim for at least 10 minutes. While walking, pay attention to where your mind goes. If you’ve been hectic all day, it might take a while for that sense of “what do I need to do next” to fade. Every time you think of a to-do item, jot it down and then move on. After a few minutes, you’ll move away from hectic thought and shift into more creative thought. Don’t force it. When thoughts and ideas come, jot them down for future consideration, and then move on.
Your goal is to reach a state where all those innermost wants that you’ve been pushing down for so long can start to bubble up again. Maybe you’ll find that you would love to learn more about a particular subject, or how to do a specific project. Maybe you’ll remember a meal you wanted to cook or a book you wanted to read. The next time you are tempted to zone out to mindless TV or scrolling your phone, use that time instead to learn more about something that excites you.
That Time I Learned Crochet
Back in the day when I took our local commuter train into work, I noticed a group of ladies who all sat together and worked on crochet and knitting projects. Somehow in my entire youth, I’d never had a granny who wanted to teach me how to knit or crochet and always wanted to learn it. I remarked this to my coworker who also commuted on the same train and she was like, “I can totally teach you.” The next thing I know, we and the other crocheting ladies formed our own little train knitting pod. I started small, but soon mastered the basics and then worked into more complex projects.
It was such a random small thing, but because I asked, I was able to become part of something bigger and made new friends along the way. So much win. Nowadays I’m a yarn hoarder with way too many projects and not nearly enough time.