“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney
Yesterday for some reason I was thinking about what brought me here, what made me decide to come to Los Angeles to do an internship instead of going the easy way and staying home in Germany. I came to the conclusion it is curiosity, curiosity for the unknown. If I think about the last couple of years I always was searching for something new. I was constantly exploring. Starting from my high school year in Virginia in 2008, going backpacking in Thailand, getting my scuba diving license, making the decision to study in the Netherlands, going parachuting, attending a surf camp in Portugal, to my move to Los Angeles, my upcoming 4 week road trip around the west coast of the States as well as my study abroad in Scotland starting in September of this year. These are just a couple of things I did, but I was and am constantly opening new doors and try to do new things. Why? Because it makes me happy! I want to explore the world, meet new people and experience different cultures. I want to try as many new things as possible, because you never know how much fun some things can be until you try.
So many people ask me how I am able to afford all what I have done at my age. They are telling me they want to do the same thing but don’t have the resources to do it. For me there is always a way to do it, I rather say you can’t get something from nothing. I have been working since I was 16, constantly saving money. I am glad that I have a family supporting me with my study, but all my trips and so forth I have mainly financed by myself. You just have to set priorities in your life. And trying new things does not necessarily mean spending a lot of money, it can be small things like attending a new sports club, trying out a restaurant with an unknown cuisine, attending a cultural event in your hometown, or doing a weekend trip.
For me curiosity does not only mean to discover new paths but it means growing personally. Because every new experience we make shapes us somehow and makes the person who we are. If we are not curious and stay in our ‘safe haven’, we are stuck. And yes, staying in my safe haven can be great sometime or just the thing I need in certain times, but then my curiosity calls for attention, and there I go again looking forward to a unknown place or new activity 🙂