30 Days of Gratitude: Day 11: Curiosity

From the moment we are born we all have a curiosity about the world around us.

The first thing we are drawn to is our parents. We have a need to be close to them, but also an innate curiosity about who they are, who we are what is happening and our own needs.

I have always had my own innate curiosity about how the world works, a need to gather information and learn about the world around me. I’ve often called myself an information hound or junkie.

If I don’t know about something I look it up. When I was finished with my homework as a kid or even before I was finished I would read the encyclopedia if I was bored. I have always had a constant curiosity to learn. Now I will look something up on the internet if I am curious about something I do not know the answer to.

The best way to learn is through travel, but we don’t all have the means to be able to do that. The ability to quell our curiosities can occur in many ways. The biggest urban centers have plenty of opportunities to learn about the world around us.

Social media, television, streaming shows, and podcasts now give us the ability to connect with the rest of the world more than ever before. The world is connected far greater globally which makes us more aware of our differences. This can, in turn, lead to greater curiosities.

I am grateful to live in a country without censorship. Living in the United States we can consume whatever medium we want. We are able to read, watch, listen and connect with others without government interfering at all or at least minimally.

My own curiosities have given me the ability to see what makes everyone different. We all see the world through a difference lens. By being curious about others and learning about them, their cultures, beliefs and how they live similarly and different can help us learn not just about them but ourselves.

Curiosity can help us quell our fears of others and allow us to learn about them. Knowing and understanding someone else helps the fear to dissipate.

Curiosity has guided me my entire life. It continues to guide me and has done so more frequently the older I have gotten. I strive to learn about issues and people and have an informed decision.

My hope is that others can see this as an important trait. It seems that in today’s world of instant analysis our curiosity is short-lived. We are more likely to make snap judgments in swipe right, swipe left world. We have stopped being curious as we are able to customize our news feeds on social media to our own beliefs.

People have stopped seeking out information that is more neutral. When I come across someone who thinks more impartial I am grateful. Curiosity might have killed, the cat, but not being curious kills our ability to learn and continue to be educated throughout our lives.


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