Rediscovering Curiosity: The Key to Knowing Yourself

Published on 10 July 2024 at 13:34

The biggest stumbling block to creating and living a new, bold, unapologetic chapter after abuse is you have become a stranger to yourself! You have spent all your energy appeasing, supporting, and acquiesing to the abuser simply to keep the peace or keep the abuser from hurting you or keep the abuser from leaving, etc. And now you are free from the abuser and feel lost - who are you? what do you want? what are your passions? Moving on and creating an amazing life for yourself begins when you embrace curiosity!

What is Curiosity?

Curiosity is a desire to learn, explore, and understand more about the world around you. Curiosity drives you to seek out new experiences, ask questions, and solve problems. Curiosity is the engine of innovation, creativity, and personal growth. It fuels your passion for discovery, sets out goals, and helps you develop the steps you want to take to make it happen.


The Decline of Curiosity Compounded by Abuse                                              

As children, curiosity comes naturally. Every new experience is a learning opportunity, and every question is a doorway to understanding. However, as we age, societal norms, educational systems, and the demands of daily life can stifle this curiosity. We become more risk-averse, preferring the comfort of the known to the uncertainty of the unknown. The result is a gradual decline in our willingness to explore and question.  Add abuse to the equation and your sense of curiosity is gone.                                                                                                                                                                       

Why It's Important to Reignite Your Curiosity

  1. Self-Discovery: Curiosity leads you to new experiences and perspectives, helping you discover your interests, passions, and values. By exploring different paths, you learn more about what truly excites and motivates you.

  2. Personal Growth: Engaging with curiosity encourages continuous learning and development. It challenges you to step out of your comfort zone, fostering resilience and adaptability.

  3. Creativity and Innovation: Curiosity is the foundation of creativity - you are in the process of creating a new life for yourself! It allows you to explore innovative solutions and fresh perspectives.

  4. Enhanced Problem-Solving: A curious mind is adept at identifying and solving problems. By asking questions and seeking deeper understanding, you can approach challenges with a more analytical and open-minded perspective.

  5. Improved Self-Awareness: Curiosity builds deep self-awarness and "outs" your passions. You want to know yourself clearly and live unapologetically knowing you are on your chosen and happiest path.                                                                                                                             

How to Cultivate Curiosity

  1. Ask Questions: Don’t be afraid to ask “why” and “how.” Questioning the world around you leads to deeper insights and understanding.

  2. Embrace Uncertainty: Be open to new experiences and ideas, even if they challenge your existing beliefs. Embrace the unknown as an opportunity for growth.

  3. Read Widely: Expose yourself to a variety of subjects and perspectives. Reading books, articles, and other materials outside your usual interests can spark new ideas and curiosities.

  4. Practice Mindfulness: Pay attention to the present moment and observe the details of your surroundings. Mindfulness can help you appreciate the world with a fresh perspective.

  5. Engage in Creative Activities: Pursue hobbies and activities that encourage creative thinking. Whether it’s painting, writing, or playing music, creative endeavors can stimulate your curiosity.


Curiosity is a powerful force that can transform your life. By reconnecting with your sense of wonder and exploration, you can unlock new opportunities for personal growth, creativity, and self-discovery. Remember, the journey to knowing yourself is a lifelong adventure, and curiosity is your most trusted guide. So, embrace your inner explorer, ask questions, seek new experiences, and let curiosity lead the way. 


Journal Prompts to Inspire Curiosity

  • What is a new hobby or activity you’ve been curious to try? What draws you to it?
  • What is one topic you’ve always wanted to learn more about, and why does it interest you?
  • What’s a place you’ve always wanted to visit? What do you find intriguing about it?
  • Recall a time when asking a question led to an important or interesting discovery. What was the outcome?
  • What is one skill you’ve always wanted to develop? Why does it fascinate you?
  • If you could spend a day in someone else’s shoes, whose life would you want to experience and what would you hope to learn?


Embrace curiosity and have fun.           

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