How to always be curious.

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There is so much yet that we do not know about the world. More yet, that we do not know about ourselves. Let's learn from those who study fish, and continue to ask questions.

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β€œcuriosity is lying in wait for every secret." 

β€” ralph waldo emerson

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We went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium yesterday and spent three full hours straining our eyes at the creatures behind a thick invisible screen. In portals of illuminated blue, jellyfish capture magic in the dark room. 

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After a show we spoke to a docent who had ready answers to the many enthusiastic questions Remi had about the aquarium's filtration systems. Even going so far as bringing us down to the belly of the aquarium to observe the many systems that keep the tanks running. Specifically, did you know that the rock cod, who is used to a higher pressure environment, can be transferred to a special tank that gradually decreases the pressure until their physiology can survive a home above sea level?

Jellies on the other hand, can be moved anywhere because they have no swim bladder. They are adaptable and can float through their lives unhindered when they tangle with their fellow jellies. Any of us would be content to float through the aquarium, fish to fish, and observe. This is fine, it is it's own kind of curiosity. The first rule of being curious is to see and absorb. 

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Between the sunny gold of the sea nettle and the starlight of the moon jellies, I thought that perhaps it is important to be both the rock cod and the jellyfish when it comes to the pressures of life. Adapt and change, float and breathe but also do it slowly. Take the pressures you can, when you can. But don't stop. No jelly keeps themselves still in the current and no rock cod can halt the changing of their pressure adjusted tank. 

The second rule of curiosity, is to ask questions. I encourage you to ask a question, any question, anywhere, when encountering something new or out of the ordinary of your life. You may find yourself learning something about yourself in the act. 

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