Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning ~ W A Ward
As children we’re naturally curious – it’s how we grow and learn – but by a certain age that sense of wonder starts to disappear.
Why? Life. Society. Socioeconomic dynamics.
Answers are more valued than inquisitive thought, so curiosity is trained out of us. Being right is more important than being smart.
Regaining our sense of wonder is important, isn’t it? But if regaining curiosity is even possible, how do we go about relearning such a quality?
Well, wouldn’t you know it, I found a list (what’s a blog post without a list?) In case you’re … umm … curious.
Habits of curious people:
1. They ask lots of questions.
Curious people ask how, what, when, where and why. This creates openness.
2. They listen without judgment.
The genuinely curious have no hidden agenda. They seek to understand the perspectives of others, and are willing to sit in ambiguity, open and curious without being invested in the outcome.
3. They seek surprise.
We feel most comfortable when things are certain, but we feel most alive when they’re not.
Curious people try new foods, talk to a stranger, or ask a question they’ve never asked before.
4. They make time for curiosity.
They think of scenarios that are three years in the future, question major assumptions, and wonder if they’re doing things they no longer should be doing.
5. They aren’t afraid to say, I don’t know.
Big one. It’s more important for them to learn than to look smart.
6. They don’t let past hurts affect their future.
The problem is that we stop being curious about new experiences and are instead focused on understanding what we’ve already been through.
This is especially true if we’ve been hurt in the past. Curious people, however, are more apt to take risks.
~ As for me, a recent conversation with friends on gender neutrality sparked my curiosity so that I buried myself in inquiry — I hope to share findings in next post.
What about you? What are/have you been most curious about?