Did Curiosity Kill the Cat?

Happy Friday and Easter weekend! Aside from the fact that I have three exams on Monday, I’m definitely looking forward to a fun weekend. My parents came to Tampa on Thursday for Easter weekend, which is definitely a change of pace. Usually we are up bright and early Sunday morning for sunrise service, but this year it just worked out better for them to come here. I feel like a grownup having my parents stay with me!

Over the weekend, we will be going to the Food & Wine Festival at Busch Gardens, church, and a Lightning game! It turns out my mom is now a hockey fan 🙂 This time it’s my dad’s turn to have his first hockey experience…let’s hope there’s some good fights!

Enough about my life though, and let’s jump into what you actually came here for…curiosity. As children, we heard our parents say over and over “curiosity killed the cat” to keep us from wandering off and to keep us quiet…at least this was the case for me. I’ve always been a curious person, though, but as I got older it went away. Today, I think I straddle the line between curiosity and acceptance, meaning there’s certain things I wonder about and certain things I just accept as fact. Maybe some of you are like this too.

The one thing I’m constantly pondering is my future. I don’t mean what’s going to happen next week or next year, but what will happen 5-10 years from now. What will I be doing? Will I be married? I think the amount of times I’ve changed my career path shows this best…doctor -> dietitian -> anthropologist -> health psychologist -> clinical psychologist -> sports psychologist/counseling psychologist? Who knows where I’ll end up at this point 🙂

I’ve had a lot of people tell me I need to make up my mind because it’s bad to not know what I’m doing this close to graduation, but is it? I don’t think so. I don’t think it’s bad to explore different careers or life paths. I’d rather take my time now than end up living a life I hate…or paying for a graduate degree I won’t end up liking! I can’t help that I’m curious; it’s just how I am.

When I look back on my life, the happiest times I had were as a child when I was curious as all get out. The world was an exciting place. There was so much to learn and explore. But somewhere along the way, that curiosity fades for most people. They start working and get caught up in the mundane tasks of life. It’s easy to let routines get you bogged down, trust me I know. I’m a routine master.

But really, what’s wrong with being more curious? What’s wrong with taking time to explore new things? Even if you find out it’s not for you, at least you know. At least you have a story to tell. Businesses seem to agree too, considering that creativity, a form of curiosity, is now one of the top 5 most sought after employee characteristics for 2020.

Maybe that’s not enough of a reason for some people, and that’s okay. Maybe you like where you’re at and don’t want to explore. That’s fine too…but I can’t help but wonder how much more exciting this world would be if we all just asked “why” or “what if” from time to time. After all, we only have one life to live. Might as well seize it while you can.

I know this post is a little different and might be a little all over the place, but it’s from the heart. It’s just me thinking…the real David I guess you could say. In the end, what I’m trying to say is it’s okay to be curious. It’s okay to wonder and ask questions because doing so might open up new doors. You might find interest in new things. You might discover a new part of yourself, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

So if you’ve been thinking about doing something, do it. Take the leap.

Here are some of my favorite tips on increasing curiosity from Matthew Kelly:

  • Try to be surprised by something every day.
  • Try to surprise at least one person every day.
  • Each day write down what surprised you and how you surprised others.
  • When something strikes a spark of interest, follow it.

And if you were still wondering…“Curiosity didn’t kill the cat, it created the mousetrap.”

As always, thanks for reading and don’t forget to like, comment, and share 🙂



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