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    Default "How to Be an Explorer of the World"

    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?

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    Thank you for this.

    I think many of these points are what I try and actively seek by doing yoga and meditation. So I would say yes, it's very appealing. And it certainly transcends being useful to just visual artists.

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    Essentially: Look at the world as a child would. Which is an admirable goal.

    I like to go back to childlike perceptions of things occasionally, usually to everyone's amusement.
    "I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference."

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    It's a nice list. I like it, I like 8. Document your findings (field notes) in a variety of ways. Is it a good book?

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    I came across this today, so I haven't actually read the book yet.

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    Sounds like a great list. Seems so many young people don't see much as they walk through this world beyond the cell phone they are texting on. I would add that once you have gotten proficient with parts of this list you should make an effort to travel.
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    do we have to document things? that sounds too organized
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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    do we have to document things? that sounds too organized
    LOL. I must admit I thought the same thing.

    I think it is not necessarily "documenting" in a rigorous/scientific manner. But merely recording your thoughts, ideas and experiences so you can revisit them later if you wish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catbert View Post
    LOL. I must admit I thought the same thing.

    I think it is not necessarily "documenting" in a rigorous/scientific manner. But merely recording your thoughts, ideas and experiences so you can revisit them later if you wish.
    I thought that recording things in any manner that wasn't just photographing it was too much effort as a child too... it sounds like homework
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    I like documenting stuff.

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