You may have heard the phrase “curiosity killed the cat” when you were young and let that keep you from living on the edge. Unfortunately, it’s also kept you from excitement, discovery, and passion.
All children are naturally curious about the world around them. They experiment with everything they see, which is why parents of toddlers can be a little neurotic. Ironically, as adults, we tend to lose this inquisitive nature. This is despite knowing more about the world around us and being more capable of exploring safely. Many of us are afraid to take a step outside of our comfort zone because of the potential for injury — whether physical or mental.
However, taking a risk is what sets people like Jane Goodall and Steve Irwin apart from the rest of us. Sure, Jane could have easily not been accepted into gorilla society and could have met with an untimely death. But she wasn’t. Like I said, curiosity can include putting yourself in danger. Steve Irwin was aware of the dangers he faced, but he was the Crocodile Hunter — a legacy that he created through his passion.
Being curious as a child meant going out and jumping in puddles just to see what would happen. Being curious as an adult means doing something you normally wouldn’t do. Perhaps that’s a new sport or an unlikely travel destination. Being frightened or experiencing failure are normal parts of the process. It’s okay to fail. You’ll feel much more satisfied with yourself for trying something new, successful or not, than if you had just spent the day on the couch.
Who knows, the steps you take today might make you world-famous tomorrow.
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