A decade ago, I sat listening to a spoken word poet perform on a cool New England night; I was amidst fellow college students, probably drinking coffee or apple cider, whichever was served free at the event. A line from the poet has stayed with me through the years: Ask why. And then ask the second why.
Last year, I listened countless times to the audiobook version of Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. One of the lines that has stayed with me from that book: Follow your curiosity.
And so here we are.
The Curiosity Report is me following my curiosity. About anything and everything. About that old building by the main road, about a tree stump, about that delicious cookie and whatever is in it. Also about people. And while following my curiosity, I will be recording and reporting back - through paintings and words - what I see, what I discover, what I learn, and even what remains unanswered.
I hope to do what the rover Curiosity is doing on Mars, but do it right here on our planet, where we are, where I am. (I'd love to do it on Mars, too, of course, but that's for another post, twenty years from now?).
I wish to explore and discover things, wonder and marvel at the world, and I wish to take you with me. Because I think that when we choose to carefully and intentionally see what and who is around us, we get to feel more, we learn more, and we become more mindful. And all these can lead to other things such as goodness, kindness, empathy. Things that I feel the world needs more of at this point in time.
And so, welcome. I hope we enjoy wherever curiosity leads us.
Lastly, from one of my favorite movies, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty:
"To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of life."