September 21, 2015
When we are young, everything is new. We are in a constant state of wonder and awe, soaking up life through every pore. We learn about gravity and coordination, about color and clouds, about animals and music. We are constantly exposed to things which are new, and our natural curiosity is continuously fed.
As we grow, our rate of exposure to new things naturally begins to slow. We begin to perceive that some things aren’t going anywhere, and we conclude (logically, but falsely) they will always be there. The older we get, the more things get added to this list.
Once we have filed something into the “Oh, I already know about that” category – be it an idea or a tangible object, we stop looking at it. We come to assume that we have it all figured out, and that there’s nothing more for us to discover about it.
Yet there is always something more for us to learn, to discover, to experience, even when we are faced with the same people, same job, same objects. We can turn our curiosity back on at any time. It’s always there, waiting and wanting to learn.