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Questions from a curious mind [please insert your own answers].
My definition of curiosity contains the:
Captain James Cook crossed the Antarctic Circle for the first time in 1773 – God Bless Wikipedia.
Explorers and their trusty ships sailed farther and farther south, despite serious risks to their lives, believing there was more land to be discovered. From their stories, this is what I ask.
Will you discover something that was previously unknown?
Will you battle rough seas and foul weather and STILL not stop?
Will you try again even when you’re blown off course?
You might lose your “life” [insert something you thought was important but isn’t anymore] will you choose to be ok with that?
Who will you be if and when you make it back?
NEW LANDS & FAME vs. LOSS OF LIFE — You decide.
Sherlock Holmes needs no introduction or where have you been?
What does it take to become single-mindedly brilliant? And how did Arthur Conan Doyle write a story about a fictional character that remains loved for more than a century without becoming dated, I wonder….
What does it take to bring your piece of the puzzle?
What does it take to ruthlessly pursue the truth?
What does it take to test your limits over and over again?
Who are you without anyone else?
What about you or your story will people remember?
SUPERHERO vs. SOCIOPATH — You decide.
p.s. I heart Benedict Cumberbatch
p.p.s Can’t wait for the next BBC series, 31st October, 2013!
Up until this point it was clear who I wanted to draw lines between. But for this part I moved from the movie Busy Body (1967) to the Artful Dodger (C. Dickens) and then to rap-man Snoop “Lion” Doggy Dog.
But you know what I’ve noticed that they all have in common? A BIG FAT LIFE.
As the trailer ad to Busy Body says: “All this picture has is SEX, GANGSTERS, STRIPPERS, A MILLION STOLEN BUCKS, 3 STIFFS IN A COFFIN and some other little happenings in life.”
Not bad for 1967. And it kinda sums them all up pretty well.
SO, who will you be?
Will you be the person that reeks of fun to be followed?
Will you be the uncomfortable inquisitor?
Will you stand taller than everyone else at 4 foot 6?
Will you please be the strange person that you are?
EXCITEMENT & NEW BRAIN CELLS vs. BEING QUIET — You decide.
What is curiosity worth? — You decide.
But, if I ever question what curiosity it’s worth, the opposite of curiosity is indifference. Winter but never Christmas. No more musicals. Glazed eyes. Gritted teeth and snarky politeness. Playing it safe. And drowning in forgettable-ness.
Need I say more?
Maybe only this.
“Once recognised, perhaps the quiet yet persistent voice of curiosity doesn’t go away. Ever.
Perhaps such curiosity will hurt until we come to understand the beauty of a journey that might never arrive at an absolute answer.
And perhaps it’s such curiosity that will lead us to distinguish our own greatness from the mediocrity that stares us in the face.” – Seth Godin
Image cover credit: emiliodelprado
Guest post written by Abby Lo
Creative, determined, fun – that’s Abby. And unconventional (strange = cool in her book). London was her universe before she moved to KL in 2011 to – unbeknownst to her – emerge as an entrepreneur. Now that she’s released herself from the windowless 9-5 rectangle, you’ll find her freelance copywriting for health and well-being related websites, products and services. She also moonlights as a researcher and editor for the social policy specialist at UNICEF Malaysia and twilights (?!) to plot her first creative venture. You can connect with Abby on Linkedin.