Carolyn's Curiosity: Are You Being Curious Enough?

Lately I've been craving documentaries. From The Beatles Eight Days a Week, to Room 237 (about The Shining theories and conspiracies) to ocean life films to the Weird Wonders of the World. I love documentaries because I can learn a lot from the comfort of my own home. I am a very visual learner, so that's why documentaries are very much in tune with my style of learning. I don't know why I became curious about these specific topics recently, but I did, so I went with it.

I am very curious. My curiosity helps me learn many new things on a daily basis. I have a Master's degree in Education, which doesn't hide the fact that learning is one of my passions.  Learning is what occurs after curiosity strikes, and it is a beautiful thing.

Through being curious, I learn about new people, places and things. What I learn inspires me to try new things in business, inspires me artistically and inspires me to learn even more. It helps me be more empathetic towards others and their situations when I know more about them. Curiosity keeps my brain working like a well oiled machine.

I came across the word "dais" in A Wrinkle In Time (my current book of choice) today and had no idea what it meant. I instantly looked it up using a Google search on my phone. According to Google, it means "A low platform for a lectern, seats of honor or a throne." Others may have skipped over it if they didn't know the meaning, but not me. I wanted to fully be able to picture what the author wanted me to and looking it up was the only way I could do that. It's now a new word I can add to my vocabulary.

Try sparking your curiosity today. Watch a documentary, read a book, or talk to someone new. Here are some situations that may spark your curiosity today:

  • Curious about your new neighbor? Go talk to them instead of assuming you know who they are based on the furniture you saw them move in.
  • Curious about a sad post your friend made on the internet? Call or text them directly instead of assuming they are okay.
  • Curious about why your dog circles a million times and always face north when they potty? Watch the Weird Wonders of the World (on Netflix) instead of just thinking they are a big weirdo. (LOL!)

Curiosity is something that we all must continue to practice throughout our lives. No one knows everything. If you still don't have any ideas on how to bring more curiosity into your life, try following around your child or pet today. They are definitely curious beings that adults could definitely learn from. If you don't have either of those to follow around, go to your local library and check out some books about new topics or watch some documentaries like me. Start with one about dolphins. They will BLOW. YOUR. MIND.


Art by Carolyn J. Braden: Be Curious

Art by Carolyn J. Braden: Be Curious