“Exploration is really the essence of human spirit.”
Frank Borman was one of the first humans to go around the moon. He was able to live the common fantasy of many children. And many adults too!
There is something about new experiences which is thrilling. We have people like Felix Baumgartner who chase after the thrills.
We also have people with neophobia, which is a fear of trying new things. For them, the thrill is just too much!
The majority of us enjoy new things, yet we get stuck in our routines. We come home, have dinner, and then sit on the computer or watch TV. Finding new thrills is not part of the routine.
Plan to Be Curious
We love surprises. Let’s modify our environment to help get them. One thing we can do is set aside time to pursue questions we have. For example, I set aside two hours this week to explore any questions that came to mind. Did you know Einstein and Bohr had debates over the validity of quantum theory? Anyway, in order to get your mind in the frame of asking questions, act like Wondercat did by starting with, “I wonder…?”
There are other types of surprises we can plan. Buy a new food that looks interesting. Abbie and I once bought a spikey-fruit for the sole reason it looked funny. I forget its name, but I remember the fun experience. And as you browse the aisles in the grocery story, say hello to a stranger. Being talked to randomly is surprising. If talking to someone is too terrifying, then begin by keeping eye contact with someone longer than they do with you. Warning: this mini-game can become addicting.
Want a day of surprises? Then break your routines and have a “No-electronics Day.” See what happens when digital technology is off the table.
Enjoy the surprises!