I can, like Rapunzel in the recent Disney rendition, fear the outside world for most of my life.
But curiosity got the better of her — she wanted more. She wanted to learn. She wanted to find what lay beyond the tower. She saw the outside world as an opportunity to grow. She desired to expand her mind, grow her knowledge — she yearned.
Yes, it’s a fairy tale. Even with that fairy tale it’s Disney and they’ve orchestrated it for us, the viewers, to identify within the story. We can see ourselves as fearful to go beyond the tower. To stay in the safety of it…or our curiosity can finally wear us down.
Then we begin to yearn. We begin to search. We begin to wonder, “what else is there?” “what can I learn?” and “is there anything else out there?”
Yes. Curiosity killed the cat. But it also sparked so many innovations. It’s an epidemic within our society where we want to achieve more. We want to learn. We want to build. We are curious about curiosity.
And that’s a good thing. Sure, like a lot of R&D it can lead to dead ends. But even those dead ends are learning experiences to teach us more about ourselves and our surroundings. For those reasons, curiosity is worth it. Curiosity can help us find our dream.
True, it can feel almost fictional at times. But curiosity worked for Rapunzel. But it may not work for you.
Do you wonder…will it work for you?