How curious are you? Do you have a love for wondering and exploring? Have you always been that way?
Think back to when you were a child. Can you remember the kinds of games you used to play, or the things you created in your imagination?
Children Have a Gift
When we were young, we had a natural sense of curiosity and wonderment. Exploring, questioning and discovering were second nature. It’s how we tried to figure out and make sense of the world, and in doing that, the world opened to us.
As children, this way of approaching our existence was a gift. We were creators of new worlds and creatures. We could be anyone we wanted, from teachers to wizards to doctors. Our possibilities were endless, because our imaginations were limitless.
Fear Limits Creativity
Somewhere along the way, as we got older, “real life” and responsibilities replaced our childhood fantasies, and we spent less time wondering and more time working; dreaming was traded for doing, and exploring was exchanged for earning. Somewhere along the way, fear crept in.
The interesting thing about fear is that it’s often attached to a sense of some kind of loss. The more you have, the more you fear to lose; the more solid and concrete your world is, the more you fear the unknown. Fear keeps us from pushing forward, beyond the edge of comfort.
At Home in the Unknown
However, as we knew so well as children, the unknown is where the magic happens. That sense of wonder and curiosity is what drove us to try new things, to explore new worlds, real and imaginary. The unknown was our world; it was our comfort zone.
Some of us have managed to retain this part of ourselves, even as adults. Some of us can turn it on when needed, finding that creative inspiration at certain times or for certain situations. Some of us have forgotten it completely. Thankfully, no matter which describes you, the good news is that it’s not lost to any of us. We all still have this instinct inside of us, no matter how dormant it seems to be.
Wondering Your Way Back Home
So how do we get this innate part of our wondering selves back? It’s surprisingly easy. Like a muscle that has gone weak, the way to build it up is to use it. Exercise it, stretch it, challenge it. The path to being creative and having the courage to explore again is simply to be curious. Look at things, meet new people, ask questions… wonder about them.
Getting comfortable back in the unknown takes some adjustment, but if you take it step by step, you’ll slowly begin to appreciate it once again. You’ll start to remember the thrill of exploring and discovering; you’ll start to find that you have the courage to push beyond your own limits, just to see what happens. Wondering and exploring is what makes life interesting. As one question leads us to another, our universe expands, and with time, just as when we were children, we will once again feel at home in the unknown.
Share and Motivate Others
How do you keep this gift of wondering alive inside yourself? If you have lost touch with that part of yourself, what can you do to once again ignite your sense of curiosity? What fears do you feel are holding you back from having the courage to explore the unknown? Please share as much or as little as you like in the comments so that you can receive support and encouragement, as well as give it to others who may be experiencing the same things.
For me, I’ve always been quite at home in the unknown. In fact, when my life gets too comfortable, I tend to feel the need to shake things up. I do this by traveling, meeting new people, and really just in my lifestyle choice of being an expat in Taiwan. I am always wondering what I can accomplish, where I can go, and what interesting things I can discover. This is why, for me, life really is an adventure.
Please share your own dreams, curiosity, fears or what you are wondering. Let’s all help each other on our journeys by motivating and supporting each other.
Keep having the courage to walk through those doors, and have an awesome day!