If I were a song writer, I would have composed words along the lines of ‘raindrops and roses…’ as an addendum to the song on how watching your cat marvel at her first snowfall can be one of your favourite things. It snowed for hours and I stayed the course with her curiousity.

Curiousity Has Not Killed This Cat 

Halle, my cat, is determined to understand the world around her. She watches, feels, touches and sniffs her way through her days. An empty delivery box is what mystifies her the most. She climbs in and out with a bewildered look on her face, as if wondering what the point of the box is.

Watching Halle made me think about how our level of curiousity wanes with age. While at one time I wanted to travel the world or read books on the universe these days I am content to stay closer to home and don’t have the time to read many books. My level of curiousity, perhaps, has morphed into a comfort zone which, sometimes, resembles a state of procrastination about trying new things.

What I don’t know won’t hurt me has become my mantra. I do read a lot but on current news affairs and books on personal development.

My curiousity has assumed a comfort zone. Has yours too in your midlife? 

Did you know that curiousity has an integral part to play in keeping our minds active as we age? Learning new things, being challenged and being enquiring keeps our brains supple.

The greater the range and depth of our curiosity, the more opportunities we have to experience things that inspire and excite us, from minute details to momentous occasions.

How to develop curiousity

According to this article, there are ways in which to rekindle your curiousity. These are: keeping an open mind, asking questions about things and information you come across, seeing things from a different perspective than your usual view, adopting a learning process as a lifestyle, letting your imagination run wild, exploring where you live and discovering new things and being empathetic.

As 2023 approaches, being curious could be a resolution. Remember, curiousity helps your mind stay agile and this is an especially important thing to do in midlife.