A Reflection on Staying Curious
Today I turn 30. Leading up to this birthday I’ve found myself often lost in thought, considering my life up to this point and all the things I have to be grateful for. I’ve also considered what I’ve learned. I’ll be a year older and entering a new decade, so I should be quite a bit wiser, right? What have I learned? How have I grown?
Right now I am putting together all the material for my maiden run of “Reflecting You” a workshop I will be teaching on the Bloom Forum. As I have been writing the material, I find myself completely immersing myself in the thought exercises I plan to give my students. Each paragraph seems to send me on a thought tangent of reevaluating and digging deeper. The work is slow going because I’m working on the work and myself at the same time. In the midst of this it hit me. I know the one thing I can say I have learned.
This life isn’t about the achievements, it’s about the journey. It is about staying curious and finding ways each day you can journey onward. Of course I’m getting lost in the thought exercises I’m teaching because while I am the teacher in this one instance, my perpetual student-ness is always the dominant force. I have said countless times that I am in the beginning of my journey, and I believe it. I still believe that, but maybe beginning is an identifier one too many. Maybe we’re all just ON the journey. We’re all learning new things and pushing forward. We’re all finding ways to further our art and our life.
So my wisdom at 30 is this. Don’t focus on the landmarks because when we reach them it’s clear that the landmark was an almost arbitrary point on the path. We may have reached some goal, but we’re still novices with an infinite number of landmarks and lessons ahead. Instead, focus on the journey. Keep learning new things, about yourself and your art and never stop until you know it all(spoiler, you’ll never know it all) and keep living in an endless state of curiosity. (Of course this declaration about the unimportance of landmarks was inspired by a landmark).
Amanda Voelker is a fine art and lifestyle photographer. With her children and light as her inspiration, Amanda finds beauty in the everyday. She strives to capture the subtleties of human emotion and connection in a beautiful way that showcases both the moment and a piece of her self. Amanda is also the Co Creator and Editor in Chief of “The Long Way Home” Magazine and instructor at "The Bloom Forum"