Curiosity. Introverts have it in abundance. We are simply chock full of, and overflowing with curiosity. I don’t care what kind of introvert you are, you’ve got it.
I blogged that I have this annoying habit of pausing a TV show or movie so that I could grab my iPad and look up some factoid or interesting idea that popped into my head. I wasn’t alone in doing that. How many of you have IMDB.com programmed into the muscle memory of your fingers? How many of you didn’t know what IMDB.com is and just went out to look it up quickly? Gotcha!
Then there is Google, the opiate of the introverted masses. Aren’t search engines wonderful? I can just get lost in following one idea after another on the internet. I’m getting much better about overwhelming myself with open tabs on my browser, but it’s not slowing down my research.
Curiosity is why we people watch. We just have a passion to know and understand. We love collecting data, in all kinds or forms. Being curious and collecting ideas is to us what a great party is to the extrovert.
What do you do when you get a new tool or toy? Read the instructions? Play with it every way you can think of until you get it figured out? And then you find forty other things you can do with it.
You probably do the same thing with software you use often. You’ve figured out all of its bugs and how to get around them. That’s curiosity in action.
Curiosity is one of those traits we don’t always realize we have. We’re just so used to questioning, investigating, thinking about the world we live in. When I told Cee about the topic for this blog, she immediately said she wasn’t curious so it didn’t fit her. I had to laugh out loud. Sure, she doesn’t ask the big questions all the time, but that’s why she keeps me around. But she does plenty on her own. She used to drive me nuts when we went hiking because she’d never stay on the trail. She was always wandering off to examine a pine cone, pick up a rock or spit on a handful of dirt to determine its composition. When she gets a new camera or lens I know I won’t see her for days because she’s out getting to know what it can do, finding new things to shoot in a new way, applying a new technique. She studies other people’s photography, always looking for a fresh perspective.
We each have our own ways of expressing our curiosity. I drive people crazy by always having to try things for myself. My curiosity isn’t satisfied until I’ve put my hands on things. I never outgrew my adolescent “why” asking. The child in me is still asking the question. The only difference is now that I’m older it’s getting harder and harder to find the answers.
How does your curiosity pop out of you?
Hi. I’m Chris. I’m an introvert. Look for my ongoing series celebrating introverts (Sunday), writing prompts for introverts (Monday) and introvert cartoons (Wednesday), plus anything else interesting that I find in the meantime. Come and share with like-minded introverts. I also contribute to the new food blog Three’s Cooking, learning to cook from the heart, for the soul.