“Be curious always! For knowledge will not acquire you: you must acquire it.” So says my fortune cookie. Most of my fortune cookies have told be I would acquire great wealth, a husband, and my lucky numbers are… This little fortune was different and it really spoke to me; which is why I am blogging about it.
Being curious isn’t a bad thing; the old saying; “curiosity killed the cat” is only partially correct. Yes, sticking your hand in a pot of boiling water to see what happens; well not so bright. Being curious about a different culture, other people’s hobbies or how tocreate something isn’t going to kill you. I think though, that a lot of people are afraid to try or learn something new.
They can even be afraid to get to know someone. Maybe they have been hurt in the past by someone, or betrayed so they carry that fear with them and refuse to open up their hearts to other people. If you don’t get to know other people, then you will not acquire knowledge. Other people are a wealth of knowledge, and you might miss out on some awesome friendships.
It can also be as simple as having no interest in anything other than what you are used to. For instance, maybe all you care about it sports so you have no other interest in anything that is outside the sports realm. It can go the opposite way too maybe all you care about is reading or talking philosophy and you refuse to do anything other than read and talk philosophy. Sometimes to acquire knowledge, you have to learn to do something new.
Also, realize that in order to acquire knowledge you have to do a little work for it. Just like money doesn’t grow on trees, neither does knowledge. You have to work on it. You always were curious about learning Japanese well then find a pod cast on how to learn Japanese and do it! You want to learn to knit? Well grab a DVD on knitting and do it! Want to learn more about the Indie Culture? Well, grab a book and read about Indie Culture.
So, want to make a new and interesting friend? Want to learn Japanese well do it! You can’t learn something new until you work at it. Now I have this fortune taped to my computer helping to remind me to never stop being curious and to enjoy learning something new.
Written By: Kristy Trowbridge