Since I can remember, I have been a huge fan of discovery. The sheer number of “Why?” “But why?” questions I repeated is, I’m certain, the cause of my mother’s premature graying.
Avid reader, risk taker, “Let’s see what happens” sayer…Always searching for the why.
And now I have three boys who ask plenty of why’s but also add in their own form of exploration. Primarily of things that smell funny or feel squishy.
I believe it’s a big part of what makes us human. The never ending quest is what leads to continual growth. When we spend too much time in our comfort zone and stop questioning is when we stop learning and becoming all we can be.
Discovery has helped us throughout our lives.
Young children learn by touching, watching, smelling, listening…and unfortunately at times their ability to learn from what we say and do happens whether we are saying and doing the right things or the wrong ones!
Slightly older children are fascinated by themselves…how their bodies and minds change and grow. We are our own most interesting science project.
As we grow the discovery turns to others. Our friends, potential love interests, mentors…and an extraordinary amount of learning occurs as we navigate the intense emotions associated with relationships- what we want, what is appropriate, what is not tolerable. This process of exploring relationships and how to communicate what we need while caring for others carries through our whole lives.
Many also spend time searching for a career that ‘fits’. Discovering that at which we excel and if it’s also what we enjoy, and oh yes…can we make money doing it?
At some point inevitably we go back to self-discovery. Who are we really? Have we accomplished all we thought we would? Are we truly happy?
The ability we have to ask questions of ourselves and our situations, while still maintaining appreciation for who we are and what we’ve accomplished is a balancing act well worth the effort to learn.
It’s part of what makes our journey so flippin’ fun!!
Action Step: Appreciate who and where you are at this moment in time. Breathe that acceptance in daily. Then take a moment to ask why. Why do I feel as I do? Why am I pursuing this particular goal? Why am I here? The answers to the ‘why’s’ in our lives is what gives us the motivation to continue.
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