Finding Your Curiosity

How to develop a sense of wonder when life feels flat

Jenna Goldsmith


Woman near a frothy waterfall.
Photo by Kalen Emsley on Unsplash

Whenever I’m feeling a little flat or uninspired, it’s almost always because I’ve become complacent and in a sort of autopilot mode.

There’s too much time spent endlessly scrolling through the doom-and-gloom of Twitter and way too much time spent watching other people doing what I’d like to be doing on TikTok; having adventures, being unabashedly passionate about something, and creating with abandon.

That one is especially dastardly because it tricks me into thinking I’m inspiring myself, while all I do is ask myself why I’m incapable of doing what those people are doing.

I’m not, in fact, incapable. All I’m doing is scrolling on TikTok endlessly, instead of doing what I’d like to be doing. I’ve just forgotten about my own curiosity.

I’ve always admired people who seem naturally curious. They are able to find something they’re interested in and allow their passion to fully take over. They seem to have more focus and drive.

And, while I’m not completely without a desire to learn and understand new things, I find myself unable to give in to the passion I see others cultivate.

Society has stifled my curiosity by packaging failure as the worst thing that could possibly happen. Not to mention the constant bombardment of social media vying for my attention.

Hope is not lost, though.

It may take formal cultivation, but curiosity can be learned just like any other skill.

I’ve found myself increasingly desperate to strengthen my own sense of curiosity as I watch creativity slowly be flattened and watered down by the introduction of AI tools.

How can I best approach this idea of cultivating curiosity?

For starters, I can figure out what it is I’m trying to achieve.

What is curiosity anyway?

Merriam-Webster defines curiosity as:

interest leading to inquiry

“Her natural curiosity led her to ask more questions.”