I have always thought you needed passion to be good at something, that passion drove you. I would say that I am passionate about photography and writing, but that depends on the day, my mood, the weather, etc. Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, in a conversation with Oprah sums it up perfectly "Passion is rare; passion is a one-night-stand. Passion is hot, it burns. Everyday you can't access that." This is certainly true for me, I will write one good story and then not write anything mildly good for another two weeks. Or for many weeks I won't even pick up my camera, but then I will take one trip to the country have some good barn finds and be head over heels again.
So I have a fickle passion for photography and writing, but what about all the other things I love? I can't have passion for them all. That is where curiosity comes into the picture. Without curiosity I would have nothing to photograph or write about. Curiosity is the subject finder.
So I sat down and made a list of things I am curious about:
- Old Buildings
- Travel and Exploring
- Aston Martin cars
- The Mystery Machine
Aston Martin Car - I saw a car that looked like an Aston Martin while we were walking. I don't know anything about the car other than it has appeared in James Bond films. Yet I was curious about it, I love old cars, especially to photograph, so I did a little research when I got home from the walk.
Founded in 1913 by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin as Bamford & Martin LTD, the company has developed into an iconic brand synonymous with luxury and elegance. 1914 saw the birth of the name 'Aston Martin' following one of Lionel Martin's successful runs at the Aston Hill Climb in Buckinghamshire, England. Within a year the first Aston Martin had been built and registered with the name, and an icon of the automotive world was born.
The firm became associated with luxury grand touring cars in the 1950s and 1960s, and with the fictional character James Bond following his use of the DB5 model in the 1964 film Goldfinger.
Ireland - A girl I follow on Instagram @local_milk has been in Ireland the last week and has been posting wonderfully tempting photos. Every place she went intrigued me and made me want to be there. The plan is to go for my 50th birthday which is just under four years away. Lots of research is going to be needed but I can use her photos as reference points for places I would like to visit.
The Mystery Machine - I saw a van when we were walking that reminded me of The Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo. The van I saw was bright yellow and not the psychedelic colors of the real one, but it got me curious about The Mystery Machine. There was not a lot of information about the van itself, but there is a good Wikipedia read on the Scooby Doo series here.
I have decided to start a Curiosity Journal where I can record things that make me curious and do some research on them. Research is a writer's friend.
I will go one step farther by saying that curiosity needs to incite action, otherwise it remains just an idle curiosity. I am not saying you need to take action on everything that interests you but you must follow through on some. Take for instance the Aston Martin, they are not plentiful were I live, but there is a great vintage car museum only an hour away that could incite my curiosity of old cars and give me a subject for my passion of photography. I also want to watch Goldfinger, it has been a long time. Ireland will come in its appointed hour, until then I will gather ideas of places I want to go. The Mystery Machine may incite nothing more than watching a few Scooby Doo episodes and reliving my childhood a little, but that could lead to a great blog post.
So in the spirit of needing a change, I will be sharing on Friday Finds a few things that make me curious each week and the actions those curiosities incite.
What makes you curious? I would love to hear.
Joining Kim for Friday Finds