Curiosity is a precious and a fragile thing. We're all born with it, but most of us have it beaten out of us or worn away through life struggles or out of a need to keep ourselves safe in an uncaring world. I think in that context to recognize yourself as someone who is still curious, to have intact not only your curiosity but a certain generosity of spirit that goes with that, is something of an achievement in itself. It's pretty much how I check in on the state of my soul. If that fire is still burning, even if it flickers a bit sometimes, then that's usually enough to get me up off the mat and into whatever's next.
Hi, my name is Danu Poyner, and you're listening to this introductory episode of my new podcast, Still Curious. This is my first time doing a podcast, so you can probably expect it to be pretty rough around the edges in the beginning until I start to get the hang of it.
So, if you are listening, thank you. You could be doing other things. It means a lot to me that you're spending this time with me instead, or more likely as well, since let's be honest, you're probably multitasking right now. So, this is going to be mostly an interview style podcast with a rolling series of guests.
But I thought I'd take this first episode to explain what I'm trying to do with the podcast, why it's important to me and what I'm hoping it will be. But you don't care about that that's fine, feel free to just skip over to one of the other episodes.
Otherwise, I'll see you on the other side of the music break for the very first episode of the Still Curious podcast.
This is a podcast about curiosity and learning. I'm calling it Still Curious for two reasons. The first is that I couldn't find any other podcasts called that, which is always important. But the second is that I think it captures something important about the people I'm hoping to connect with through this podcast.
Curiosity is a precious and a fragile thing. We're all born with it, but most of us have it beaten out of us or worn away through life struggles or out of a need to keep ourselves safe in an uncaring world. I'm in my late thirties now and to over-generalize, I guess you could say I'm part of a generation that grew up amid a period of great optimism with the belief that we could be anything we wanted.
I think it's fairly safe to say most of us have lowered our eyes a little bit since then. And now we talk about doing what we can for the people closest to us, and sometimes just getting through the day. And I think my generation is hardly alone in that experience, either. A friend of mine used to say: "In the battle between you and the world, bet on the world."