A friend tells me in the middle of a conversation about music and my desire to get familiar with the guitar. He encouraged me to start playing the guitar as I mentioned I always loved it and was something that would float in the back of my mind for years. So I borrowed my brother's guitar and started to put my fingers on the strings. Just for fun. A week later, I told my friend, " It's fun and I love it, but I need to be able to play a song by this time..." And then I realized that was not really what I was looking for initially -setting goals around my very first guitar days. I don't need to achieve anything with my guitar. I'm after the feelings it's creating.
Peace. Stillness. Pleasure. Presence. Curiosity. Fun. Experience.
We're so brainwashed by our society to achieve goals and do things that will get us somewhere.
Even though I'd love to be able to play Ben Howard's songs one day by the fire on a snowy day, (yeah I'm a dreamer!) I'm not chasing a goal to check it off my goal's list. I'm letting my curiosity guide me. Maybe my guitar days will be over in a few weeks or maybe it will take me somewhere. Who knows?! It's been a month and I still pick up the guitar everyday- to my surprise. Not that I'm getting much better at it but I enjoy it and it relaxes me and I'm learning the chords in the process.
Adulting kills curiosity and creativity. We stop playing, exploring, creating, discovering, the minute we're out of school. Imagination wears off. We think it's a waste of time, that it won't get us anywhere or that we lack talent.
I follow my curiosity with different things. Painting. Crafting. Interior design. Writing. Reading. Dancing. Movies and documentaries.
Curiosity lead me to study nutrition and become a health coach. It lead me to yoga and exploring the world and my own mind.
There is so much to explore, experience and create.
To bring into existence.
Creativity leads to more freedom. It opens your mind to other worlds. It deepens your connection to yourself. It brings joy.
Think of when we were kids. Care free. Wild. Being creative was part of our every day life. Creating stories, games, choreographies and so much more. We could spend days creating and exploring, being lead by our curiosity. How happy and in the moment were we?
"Don't let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It's your place in the world; it's your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live."
Where is curiosity leading you at the moment?
Did your curiosity lead you to a passion, a lover, career or simply more joy in your daily life?
Possibilities are endless. How exciting is that?!