Curiosity

I love that when I get curious about something I can google it. We’ve come such a long way, remember encyclopedias, card catalogs, and microfiche? I was marveling that I have memories of reel to reel tape players, cameras with actual flashbulbs, carbon paper, ditto machines, what else? Oh yeah, there were slides instead of photographs, no answering machines, rotary dial phones, no microwave ovens, no computers, we had typewriters and liquid paper for mistakes. No remote controls, only black and white TVs. The advanced technology of today was considered science fiction when I was little. It’s incredible how rapidly everything has changed.

I am thankful and amazed every day. People have been encouraged to explore their curiosities more freely which has resulted in rapid advancements. Curiosity and exploration lead to innovation. Now everyone has the ability to explore at their fingertips thanks to all of the free information online.

Today I wondered how campers go about relieving themselves in the woods? I’ve never camped before and after googling how to poop in the woods, I don’t want to camp! Some places you can’t leave your waste, you have to carry it back with you, what fun! I got curious because I was on the balcony and overheard a dad talking to his son while they were loading up the car. In a hyped, high pitched enthusiastic tone of voice he explained they were going camping. I watched them drive off with a blue canoe strapped to the car roof. I don’t think my exploration of camp pooping will lead to any technological breakthroughs though, heh.

We were watching Lego Batman and I absolutely loved the “Pew pew pew” noises they made for the gun sounds. I wanted to know who thought to do that, so I googled it, but couldn’t find out exactly how that was decided, but saw that other people thought it was hilarious too.

It used to be I was so busy that I didn’t have time to google things right at the moment and then when I did have time I couldn’t remember what I wanted to look up. Now I can satisfy my curiosity at any time!

I recall back before I had the internet, I couldn’t think of the name of the alien lizardy creatures on Land of the Lost, so I called the library information service and they were able to tell me…sleestacks! It was driving me crazy that I couldn’t remember, omg, so silly. Now I can google it, what a relief!

I was trying to remember some cool, offbeat movies that I’d watched with my daughter and just typed in descriptors, like dance school with witches and it pulled up Suspiria (1977) right off the bat, how cool is that! This sure does come in handy now that my brain is glitching more frequently with advancing age, lol.

Following your curiosity also helps you to stay open-minded and helps you keep questioning what you think you know. It prevents you from falling too deeply into the trap of confirmation bias. By remaining open and curious you keep learning and growing. It leads to greater knowledge, empathy, and awareness. Curiosity keeps you engaged, motivated, and helps you retain information because satisfying your curiosity is intrinsically rewarding. It also increases your personal growth and connection with others. Curiosity leads you to seek understanding which benefits relationships when there are disagreements. A curious person will be more apt to listen instead of being defensive believing they know it all. Curious people realize there’s always more to learn and want to figure things out for more harmony and synergy. The world’s inventors and geniuses were and are curious critters all.

I enjoy life more deeply when I stay curious. I can find more meaning in my everyday experience when I explore my curiosity. The things I learn are so fascinating and miraculous. Other pathways and possibilities open up. It expands my world, I discover whole other dimensions that I didn’t know were there. Everything becomes more magical and miraculous when I ask, I wonder why? Remember when we were little and we always asked, “Because why?” Remember the answer we got, “Because I said so!” Lol. Now Google can tell us why to our heart’s content, ha!

We can be curious magical wizards or conforming indifferent muggles. Which sounds more exciting? I will keep following my curiosity and maybe I’ll happen upon a Portkey!

Love and hugs! 💜

Michelle Miyagi
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