The definition of curiosity is a desire to learn or know about anything – pure inquisitiveness.
I have always been curious. In my younger years I would jump from hobby to hobby, going to dance classes one month, then playing the violin the next. In my late teens and early 20’s, my curiosity lured me in the direction of live music and festivals. Then, a few years later, it catapulted me onto a travelling adventure that would span almost a decade.
The saying goes that curiosity killed the cat. But what about all of the adventures that the cat enjoyed along the way? Without curiousity there would be no unexpected discoveries, there would be no new friendships formed, and there would be a repetitive nature to everyday life.
So, what piques ones curiosity?
It can be a film, a book, a song, a photograph or the mere mention of a new place. I have always loved books and films based in different countries, and stories that offer a glimpse into another way of life. I studied journalism not just because I love writing, but because I love discovering something new. And I was drawn to travelling and a nomadic lifestyle simply because I needed to explore.
I may no longer live nomadically, but travel remains an important part of my life, which is the only way for people who are forever curious.
Feeling curious? The books below have inspired me over the years:
Shantaram by Gregory David Robert
Shanghai Baby by Wei Hui
A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle