As a white woman in my thirties, I’m supposed to tell you that wine makes life suck less.
I actually tested this popular method out for a little while, only to find my problems are proficient swimmers. Needless to say, the so-called “relief” was short-lived. Obviously, for the best. Alcoholism definitely does NOT make life suck less.
“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” Dr. Suess
Feeling bored? Unaccomplished? Stuck? Lifeless? Unsuccessful? Lost? I’ve been there. We all have. A few years back I began wondering if I was just over-complicating things. Because, you know, that’s what I do. And after much self-seeking and a few existential crises I found what I believe to be the simple solution to a lot of life’s sucky-ness: curiosity.
Did you know that Curiosity is known as:
-the cure fore boredom (Ellen Parr)
-the engine of achievement (Ken Robinson)
-the things that moves us forward and leads us down new paths (Walt Disney)
-what separates the TRULY alive from those who are merely going through the motions (Tom Robbins)
-the catalyst to success (Michael Dell)
-the forerunner of discovery (Richard Duke)
-the essence of human existence (Gene Cernan)
It seems I’m not the only one who thinks curiosity makes life suck less.
“Curiosity is a delicate plant, that aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom.” Albert Einstein
Curiosity is not a genetic anomaly or some kind of elusive virtue for only a privileged few. According to Einstein, the ultimate connoisseur of curiosity, you need:
–intellectual stimulation and
-freedom to pursue and explore ideas and experiences that interest you.
Are they present in your life? If not:
- Find ways to stimulate yourself intellectually. Take a class, learn a language, or cultivate a new skill. Give yourself permission to be pursue what interests and excites you, not just the things you feel a sense of duty or obligation to pursue. Step outside your comfort zone. Don’t have time? See number two.
- Prioritize your life. Start creating healthy boundaries with others. Say no when you want to say no. Eliminate toxic relationships. Liberate yourself from the unnecessary expectations of others. Make time to explore ideas and experiences that stimulate you–the things you always say you “wish you had time for.” Be free!
The world’s greatest thinkers and doers were prolifically curious. Please, dear reader, do not underestimate the power of your curiosity. Harness it, not only for the benefit of your life, but for the world. ❤