Follow your curiosity. Because passion is sort of a tower of flame that is not always accessible, and curiosity is something that anybody can access any day. Your curiosity may lead you to your passion or it may not—it may have been “for nothing” in which case all you’ve done your entire life is spend your existence in pursuit of the things that made you feel curious and inspired, and that should be good enough. Like if you get to do that, that’s a wonderful way to have spent your time here.—Elizabeth Gilbert
“… if you live with your head in the clouds every now and then, it helps you keep your feet on the ground.”—Gavin Pretor-Pinney
“When you say `creative people,’ that’s redundant. We are creativity.”—Elizabeth Gilbert
“…forget about having an identity crisis and get some identity capital. By `get identity capital,’ I mean do something that adds value to who you are. Do something that’s an investment in who you might want to be next… Identity capital begets identity capital.”—Meg Jay
That’s from her talk “Why 30 is not the new 20”, but check out Meg Jay’s Q&A on NPR.org.
“Science is curiosity acted upon.”—James Cameron
A few years back, I read The Cloud Collector’s Handbook by Gavin Pretor-Pinney and was delighted by the accessible treatment of quotidian and wondrous atmospheric phenomena. Now the author has a splendid TED Talk that shares the magic of cloudgazing.