Indulging Your Curiosity

I recently came across a post on Pandora Sykes’ instagram feed which really resonated with me. It was a quote from a book she had read, “Educated” a memoir by Tara Westover. In the post she wrote about curiosity, and how it is a privilege and indulgence we should all make the most of.

“Curiosity is a privilige”. We are extremely lucky in this day and age, to have easy access to vast amounts of knowledge, art, literature, film, etc. This hasn’t always been the case. We exist in a time and environment which allows us to be curious and explore different ideas, perspectives and experiences but we don’t always make the most of this.

As a quality, curiosity is the difference between existing and living”. We are all so busy with our hectic schedules, getting swept up in the day to day grind that we are merely existing, not living. When we do have spare time, it’s spent mindlessly scrolling thorough social media feeds, or slumped in front of the TV watching something which allows us to switch off and decompress. I completely agree that this is sometimes necessary (I love a good Kardashians marathon!), but it’s also so important to create the time to be curious and explore varied, thought-provoking content. I find that when I do take the time to do this, I actually feel more creative, energised and full of ideas.

“Indulge your curiosity”. Being curious is a great quality to have, and one I intend to work on and develop. I want to broaden my horizons, and step out of my comfort zone to experience new genres, thoughts and ideas. I’ve started putting this into practice over the last few months by consuming content, going to gigs and visiting exhibitions in genres outside of my usual areas of interest and thoroughly enjoyed it. It reminded me how much enjoyment new experiences bring, and made me curious as to what else I may be missing out on. I tend to lean towards the same types of genres and activities but want to make an effort to indulge my curiosity and explore new areas. There is so much out there to learn and experience; so many different types of people, places, cultures, genres of art/music/literature/film that I want to make a concerted effort to experience as much of it as I can. It may not all be to my liking, but I will never know unless I make the effort to find out!

What do you think about the idea of indulging your curiosity? Do you have any suggestions for other ways to indulge your curiosity?