Monday, November 16, 2015

Curiosity : The Recipe for Growing Adventurously

No matter where we are in life, we always try to make things better, do things efficiently. Simplify life further, make it easy or try something even harder. We optimize. We take up new challenges.

Is this  the circle of life ? or a pyramid that we are trying to climb to the top.

Why do we do what we do ? What is the driving factor ? May be it's the human evolution and thinking.

What ever it is, two words  come to my mind while I am writing this 

  • Growth and
  • Adventure 

I personally like to push myself, adventure and explore in the hopes that I am growing as a person. Experiencing personal growth in all aspects of mind, body and spirit.

Even though most things I did, didn't start with growth in mind but it started as an adventure. Growth was me connecting the dots. Growth was the side effect or bi-product of me dabbling adventurously. I was adventurously growing. Growth was me exploring curiously. 

I always believed and still believe, the curiosity in me is what is keeping me alive, keeping me moving, driving me to adventure and explore. Curiosity is making me wake up in the morning and driving me to do things to explore what is possible ?

Curiosity has led me take up many challenges. With the challenges came the adventure and exploration. 

The curiosity allowed me to dabble and led  me to take up many challenges. Challenges like 
  • running marathons 
  • traveling around the world 
  • Taking up the challenge of summits involving mountaineering, rock climbing, 
  • Take up swimming to try snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, white water rafting
  • It made me take up public speaking, is making me try improv and stand up comedy.
  • It is making me capture some of the best moments of my life as they are happening. It is making me write about them.

I can keep going on and on and write about all the challenges but the point is, it is this simple curious mind that is  making the ordinary day to day things extraordinary in the grand scheme of the things.

We might not know  if we are doing anything worthwhile, while we are doing it, that is why I like the steve jobs speech where he talks about "Connecting the Dots". We never know what it will lead to. We only can connect the dots backwards.

The other way to look at it is, it might not be that significant in the grand scheme of the things but we still need to do it. 

To put in Gandhi's Words "What ever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it".

May be insignificant when looked at in the context of the pale blue dot.

Significance is a relative term. Significant compared to what ? yes if we look at from the prism of this galaxy, this universe, yes our contribution might be insignificant. For a minutes let not get over ourselves and it also helps to keep us humble. But if we take into consideration our physical earth, our day-to-day physical environment we might not how much of a great impact we are having on others.

Either way it is not about the significance or the bi-product. It is about "Doing" and "Being" something.

Curiosity - for that I owe you my life. Thank you for making me do something and be something. 

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