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 or new friendships formed. There would simply be a repetitive nature to everyday life, and who wants that?
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:
For the vivid writing about life in India and the soul searching narrative
For the peek inside of the mind of a young woman experiencing the highs and lows of modern life in China
For the heart warming story about a couple who move to France for a new life in their retirement, and the humour embedded in each chapter