When I asked my 88 year old grandma what was her secret to living such a long happy life, she told me to live curiously. She passed away two years ago but her words will stick with me forever.
I’ve always been a curious person especially as a kid. Here are just a few examples:
- When I was about 10, I kept asking my dad what would happen if I stuck my tongue to the cold metal railing on our front porch in the winter time. This was before the internet so there was no Google or Youtube to answer my curious mind. After a few weeks of my nagging, he finally told me “just go try it”. So I did. While he had guests in the house. I found out very quickly that what happens is your tongue sticks to the cold metal and that the best way to get it off is for your dad to throw a warm glass of water all over your face to get your tongue unstuck!
- I was curious if I could put my dad’s electric shaver back together after taking it apart. I found out very quickly that if you put something back together and have a few pieces left over, that’s not a good thing. Sorry dad!
- I was curious what would happen if I walked as far out as I could with the tide out when we were on vacation in PEI. What happened was that the sea shells hurt my feet and it took me so long to get back to shore that I missed out on snacks. I learned to wear something on my feet next time!
Be curious. Explore possibilities. Take chances (but be smart about the chances you take – don’t do super risky stuff and know the possible outcomes associated with those chances). Life is your adventure. Don’t get tied up in things that don’t matter, try to please people who don’t care about you, do things that prevent you or distract you from what you truly love to do and above all, be kind to other people. Trust people and give people the benefit of the doubt. But don’t let them walk all over you. Be honest. Be genuine. Smile. Love.
Being open-minded means that we are willing to question everything, including those things we take for granted.