The innocence of being a child, the willingness to be open to new experiences existed without a care in the world. Exploring, learning and inventing was something that happened everyday. How are you supposed to know what you like if you don’t try it? I know all you parents have said that while trying to get your kid to eat something new. Eventually you need to start adulting and the pressures of society start to weigh on your shoulders. There are bills to pay and mouths to feed. That sense of wonder seems to fall away, being replaced with responsibility. Fast forward 15 years and you find yourself in a job you can only tolerate, just going through the motions. Sure, you can find happiness here, although it may be a little more challenging. Just coasting along, each day looks the same. No surprises, no inspiration, only the daily grind. What happened to that sense on wonder?
Maybe you had a burning passion to do something from a young age and you’re living the dream. I sure hope that’s the case, it does happen. To see people like that in their element is really wonderful and also rare. For the rest of us, who don’t know why they were put on this earth, it can feel murky navigating the day to day. Discovering your passion can seem daunting, the pressure is so high. So many people spend thousands of dollars going to college for something they thought was their passion, only to discover what they didn’t want to do when they graduate, if they graduate at all. So you need to make a living doing something, I get that. In order to feel full, alive and happy you may need something else. But what exactly?
The answer is to explore your curiosity. If you’re still looking to pursue your life’s work, keep experimenting. Curiosity is within reach, it so obtainable. It doesn’t have to be such a big deal. It something as simple as taking a class, going on a first date or just walking into that store. No pressure, the stakes are not high. Curiosity will fuel your imagination. It’s a building block to success. Follow your instincts, you animal. Get in touch with who you really are and what you have to offer. This is how you will be your best self. You’re not going to like everything you try but at least you have skin in the game. Following your curiosity can open up doors, lead you somewhere else or put you in contact with the right people. It will certainly make you more interesting. You’ll actually have something to add to the conversation. You’ll be intrigued, so you’ll be intriguing. You’ll be inspired, so you’ll be inspiring. Curiosity is the ultimate cure for boredom. Ask questions, lots of questions. Maintain an open mind, be willing to learn, unlearn and relearn and you will find the answers you seek. You may not know today where you’re going tomorrow but if you follow your curiosity it will lead you to discovery.
It is important that you DON’T stay within your comfort zone. This is not where you learn and grow. You will be asked to stretch. This will absolutely make you feel uncomfortable. When you have these feelings, you are on the right track. Remind yourself of this! Those butterflies in your stomach is simply energy for you to harness. It is not there to debilitate, it is there to fuel. Open yourself up to the infinite possibilities of the universe, that is where the magic happens. Opportunities and possibilities are waiting there. This is your chance to redefine who you are. Exciting, right… and a little terrifying. Nothing remarkable happens in the safe zone. I swear, the more you engage with curiosity, the easier it gets, it just takes practice.
I hope you’ve felt that kick in the pants, that little shove off the cliff that I was going for. Maybe an invitation to ask yourself what you’re curious about and to actually ACT ON IT! It won’t feel any easier tomorrow.