“I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.”
Remember when it was all new?
Even if we don’t go all the way back to childhood, just consider when we were teenagers.
We became interested in new subjects and jumped excitedly into them: electric guitar, Shakespeare, a particular sport, music, politics, etc.
We found time to devote to them and were sponges, taking in everything we could learn in wonderment.
Then we went into college or “adult life” (an even more rigorous educational institution), and began to focus on a career.
Then we started “to work” (if we hadn’t already), and began to focus on a career.
Then some of us had kids, and could ONLY focus on family and a career.
And, for some of us, life became all about a small, confined box called work and career.
I will attend a reunion this Fall for a men’s organization I was a member of in college. Most of these guys went on to become lawyers. I think of one in particular who recited Shakespeare soliloquies left and right. I wonder if his lawyering crowded out his fascination with the classics.
What new or old wonderment can you awaken and engage in this summer?
“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.”
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