When I read that this weeks task for BCM212 was to post about a personal experience where curiosity lead to research, I knew exactly what example I wanted to write about. Around two years ago I became quite invested in wanting to know more about where the food I was eating came from and how it ended up on my plate. I had never been a fussy eater and had always enjoyed all foods, but suddenly I felt the need to know what I was really eating. What started out as a small google search sparked an entire cascade of information. The more I read the more I wanted to know, and before I knew it I was reading article after article, watching documentaries on factory farming and live exporting and delving into the world of processed rubbish that we put in out bodies everyday. I found numerous Facebook pages, cookbooks and t.v. shows that provided me with alternatives, and since then my diet has definitely changed. Sometimes I wish that I hadn’t been curious in the first place because now I cant bring myself to eat a lot of things that I used to, however on the most part I am happy that my curiosity lead me to research because I am happier with my choices to support local farmers who grow organic produce and am happier knowing what I am putting in my body.
Curiosity is a funny thing because most of the time it sparks from something so small. Stanton Hunter writes about curiosity in a playful way that I think accurately depicts how it works. “Your own sense of curiosity, which you are born with, is nothing other than your very own GPS device. Following it daily is like tacking a sailboat. Interests seem to morph and deepen, then disappear and reappear somewhere else. They seem to speak in code, through feelings and nuance and intuition and qualities.” (Hunter 2017)
Following curiosity can lead you to places you never thought you would be, but that’s the beauty of it.
Resource: Hunter, S 2017, ‘Creativity through Curiosity’, Ceramics Monthly, 65, 1, p. 36, MasterFILE Complete, EBSCOhost, viewed 6 March 2017 <http://eds.a.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.uow.edu.au/eds/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=69b19b3a-1169-4b84-ad9a-3a4195bf46a4@sessionmgr4007&vid=3&hid=4202>