Curious Exploration Evokes Creativity
I experience so much joy watching my son learn and curiously explore his world. Each day it seems like a new discovery is made. Seeing this world through his inquisitive eyes has made my own eyes become curious explorers.
Today was like any other day, but I decided to change my wardrobe up a bit from yoga pants and a baggy sweatshirt to leggings, a baggy t-shirt, and a bright yellow necklace instead, to add some flare! (Okay, maybe there wasn’t that much change besides the necklace, but I have two littles so cut me some slack). Either way, Liam’s soft and dimpled little hands immediately reached out to play with this new accessory. He was captivated by the bright colors and beads that cascaded down my neck. He felt each one, shook the beads, and stared intently. It was curiosity at its finest, and I had a front row seat.
At what point in our lives do we lose our curiosity? Is it the fact that answers are at our fingertips thanks to Google? Or, maybe it’s the fact that we don’t have the time due to our busy lives to get curious around experiences, people, or objects. Our eyes have narrowed in to see only what needs to be done or, in some cases, what needs to be avoided. We don’t know how to see the world through a child’s eyes because we now have responsibility and “more important things to do.”
Maybe we need to expand our view. We need to notice all the colors, unique features, and listen to the stories people have to tell. What ideas and discoveries are we missing out on because we let our schedules, obligations, and fast-paced life take over? What is still out there that is left unknown unti we come along and find it?
I challenge you to pick something that may be an everyday object or event in your life and get curious around it. Come up with a new idea or questions to ask. Practice and be intentional until this process becomes a habit. Curiosity evokes creativity, and that’s one area I know I long to grow.
Ideas come from Curiosity. -Walt Disney