There’s nothing wrong with a curious mind. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be more, see more or do more. Once upon a time, I thought this made me ungrateful for things in my life. I have always been that person who was constantly looking forward to what was next.
I do credit my weight loss success to being able to visualize the future and look forward to all the possibilities that could come. I was curious about all the things I would be and all the things that I could become.
My curiosity of life has been sparked.
I don’t know if it was the weight loss or watching my mother battle cancer like a champ (maybe it was a mixture of both) but I knew I couldn’t waste a moment more of my life. I’ve been seeking out new adventures, meeting new people and just trying to better myself by exploring what is out there. That’s what sparked my need to run and travel. That’s when it all started, after I watched my mom fight cancer. If she could do that, I could run all the races I’ve ever wanted. During that time my mom found strength in me and I took the time to find strength in my curiosities and dreams.
Yesterday riding in the car from our trip to Memphis, Willie turned on Girl on Guy podcast! (This is really an amazing podcast that always sparks some great thought and I do recommend everyone take a listen.) Aisha Tyler spoke about that she’s learned that “we are only the sum of our experiences.” This really got me thinking because this is how I choose to live my life.
Everything I do, every battle I fight, every tear I shed and every victory I share makes me the person I am. I want to keep growing and knowing, whether it’s easy or hard. The experience makes me stronger and better. We are only the sum of our experiences.
Willie says I like to talk about the past a lot but it’s really not talking about the past, it’s relieving the experiences. Afterall, what happened yesterday is now the past, right? My mile posts in life revolve around the experiences in my life. I can’t remember the years but I can tell you what happened. I am a sum of my experiences and right now I’m trying to create as many experiences for myself (and Willie and I) as I possibly can.
I am choosing to live. Are you choosing to live? Experiences happen and I want to keep moving forward and learning from the past. I do want to make sure that I am making difference in advancement and not going backwards. This year was the first time I thought I actually took some steps backwards but through some self-revelation, I’m am back on the road back to curiosity.
I really don’t want to lose my curiosity for life because that means I will stop wondering. I will stop growing. I will stop trying. And life will becoming routine and boring. I promise to always seek out a new challenge and adventure. That’s probably why our zip lining adventure meant so much to us.
What do your experiences say about you?