cycles of life
What drives us forward? In our younger development, we were propelled towards things in large part, because of a little thing called curiosity. The shapes, the sounds, the textures, the possibilities of the world elicited a feeling of amazement, and a need to find out. It was a world of endless wonder. Limitless in scope and full of options. A simple turn of the head informed of new opportunities.
Then we grew up. John Cassavetes has an interesting quote about MAN when he turns of age, and in his time, it was around 23. I can't recall it of the top of my head, and instead of accuracy, I will paraphrase for affect instead. Basically, he says that people lose interest in discovery around their early twenties. All that music that got you moving, or art, or literature, or movies that challenged you, or where worthy of further investigation, all gone. You grew up. You put on your 3 piece, and got on with life. The pattern, set in stone.
But what happened to life? Curiosity was exchanged for order. It was sold to dogma. In our time, this process happens a little later. Maybe in your late twenties, but possibly into you're early thirties. We give up our search, usually by blaming the lack of time.
Now, of course priorities change. You have a baby, we get married, we have a multitude of responsibilities. Shit, you have to provide for yourself. Something that our 16 year old, first world self’s usually didn’t bother with, nor fathom its complexity. But, what happened to the search for wonder, amazement? Where does it go?
Do we just crawl to our evolutionary predisposition? Does biology dictate that curiosity is not of value anymore. “I AM WHAT I AM”, we love to say, as if, cemented from the beginning of time.
Isn't that a counterintuitive remnant of our past human life? And here, I inject blatant commercialism that might resinate, since millions of dollars where spent to get you to buy something, by first associating two very different things. "Stay thirsty my friends."