Alchemy

Curiosity is a good cue for 2020

Column by Andrea W. Doray
Posted 2/11/20

Are you curious about 2020? I am. Perhaps you’ve made different and definite New Year’s resolutions for 2020. I never make resolutions, although I do make pledges – mostly to myself – …

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Alchemy

Curiosity is a good cue for 2020

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Are you curious about 2020? I am.

Perhaps you’ve made different and definite New Year’s resolutions for 2020. I never make resolutions, although I do make pledges – mostly to myself – throughout the year … even if one is simply to repaint my office, which, by the way turned out to be a much larger project than anticipated.

In previous years, I chose a word (or it chose me), such as “song,” “light” or “breathe,” for the year. With surprising frequency, these words turned up at significant moments. Choosing a word for the year had run its course early in 2017, however, when “trust” failed to live up to its promise.

Early this year, a creative agency I work with in Chicago, c:change, sent me a huge poster in one of those tantalizing cardboard tubes that made me curious. Inside, interestingly enough, was a poster about … curiosity.

On the poster, members of the c:change team shared what they had been curious about in 2019. One person tried 10 different kinds of oysters, one explored the world of Harry Potter, and another finally got that rock climbing gym membership.

On the other side of the poster, however, is the intriguing question: “Where will curiosity take you in 2020?”

The poster poses questions such as “Who is one friend you’d like to reconnect with?” (you know who you are) and “What three old movies would you like to re-watch – uninterrupted – from start to finish?” and “What one change would you like to make to help the environment?” I found I had plenty of options to tackle this one.

When asked “What are three places in nature you’d like to visit in 2020?”, I chose places I haven’t yet visited: the Galapagos Islands, Iceland, and Alaska.

When considering what workout or exercise routine I’d like to establish – or continue – the answer was easy: cycling. I enjoy road cycling for the (almost) Zen of it – I am always super attentive for inattentive drivers – and I thrive on mountain biking simply for the immediacy of it. Take your eyes of the trail for a few seconds and suddenly you’re doing an endo (when the front tire catches on something and your back end goes over) or you’re skidding off the trail into some prickly stuff while your feet are still clipped into the pedals. Ah, yes … I really do love mountain biking.

A culinary question asked, “What one dish or recipe would you like master?” Actually, I have two. One, I want to make crepes – mounds and mounds of them – just like my sister does, and two, I want to make stir-fry meals that don’t end up as soup.

When pondering what one subject I would like learn a little more about, I was stumped though …there is so much I want to learn! For example, I know nearly nothing about mythology … would that be interesting? I swoon to classical music … should I expand my exploration? Golf lessons, French lessons, piano lessons? Follow the history of honey bees?

My mind is churning with topics and questions and possibilities, which, when you consider it, is actually a good way to put my curiosity to use in the coming year.

Where will curiosity take you in 2020?

Andrea Doray is a writer who wants to know stuff so she can shout out questions to Jeopardy! answers. What are you curious about? Contact Andrea at a.doray@andreadoray.com to let her know.

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