“I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity. ” ~Eleanor Roosevelt
I think my parents wished many things for me, their first child after a very long wait towards the end of which they began to fear they were unable to have children. My poor parents – then me!! Followed by my one sister and then nothing further. No birth control in those days either… But I digress.
“Curiosity is one of the most permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect.” ~Samuel Johnson
Curiosity came with me. “Why?” was my first word and I followed mum, dad, Nana and Poppy around inquisitely asking that specific question about anything that crossed my view and/or my mind. “Why?” and “Why not?” remain to this day guiding keys to who I am and who I am meant to be.
“Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret. “ ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
I saw things in darkened corners, in newborn’s first smiles, in all the spaces between what people say. My own strangeness only became apparent to me when at school and I observed how different I was to others. There was a time I so desperately wanted to be like everyone else and fit in, but then I grew beyond that yearning and began to take pride in my difference and differences. They became a badge of courage ( almost) but certainly that uniqueness still hangs around and about me.
“You are odd!” Yes. Thank you for noticing. I have worked very very hard to be sdifferent. *s*. What strange reactions I get when I say this. My children have learned to their chagrin that I celebrate my oddness and uniqueness. One day they will be grateful, I am sure.
“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.” ~Leo Burnett
Dax Moy posts his ramblings on facebook and I have the pleasure of reading these. I find them a prompt to thoughts of my own and reminders of lessons I know I have learned ( soul deep) – underscoring from life to think. He quoted this today which remidned me of my Why….
“I have no special talents, I am only passionately curious”
– Albert Einstein
Today there are some things I know, about myself, about people and about life and living within it – but I am only too aware that there is so, so much more that lies undiscovered. I am not fixed and static, solidified into a safe and comfortable life. I am active and mutable, and open.
Come on life. I embrace all the possibilities which lie in wait.