Back when I was a teenager, I remember making the observation that much of the people I thought were interesting, or happened to be the most creative artists happened to be young (eg early 20s and the artists I was referring to were musicians).
I figured that the reason why many people become boring later in life was because they let themselves become preoccupied with things like their career and lose sight of their youthful interests and passions.
I think this is fairly common common observation for a teenager to make, but at the time I vowed not to 'become boring'. Or I guess more specifically, not to lose touch with the aspects of my personality that I highly valued, such as youthful curiosity. Curiosity where the goal is to search and explore, rather than to know or produce.
I was reminded of my ideal of youthful curiosity when I came across this on someone's blog:
How to Be an Explorer of the World by Keri Smith:
1. Always be looking. (Notice the ground beneath your feet.)
2. Consider everything alive & animate.
3. Everything is interesting. Look Closer.
4. Alter your course often.
5. Observe for long durations (and short ones).
6. Notice the stories going on around you.
7. Notice patterns. Make connections.
8. Document your findings (field notes) in a variety of ways.
9. Incorporate indeterminacy.
10. Observe movement.
11. Create a personal dialogue with your environment. Talk to it.
12. Trace things back to their origins.
13. Use all of the senses in your investigations.
The context of the book is to produce a "life museum" (art journal). I'm not a visual artist, but there is something about those principles that resonated with me, especially the third point.
I'm curious as to whether these points appeal to others?