Curiosity Killed the Cat

“Curiosity killed the cat”. Although the phrase is often used for a negative outcome in everyday life, being curious whilst being creative can actually bring about a positive outcome. Time after time you’ll be surrounded by the same environment where you are usually creatively productive, but that soon dries out as you’ve got nothing to be inspired by.

Where did this saying originate from? The saying was originally written by 17th century English play write Ben Johnson as “care kills the cat” in his play “Every Man In His Humour.” The use of the word “care” did not so much relate to caring for something or someone but worrying about something. The idea of the saying is that although a cat supposedly has nine lives, worrying too much can lead to an early death.

Now a days we use the phrase “curiosity killed the cat” or “curiosity kills the cat”; the idiom is used to warn people from digging into other peoples affairs, or a reminder to mind your own business and to not ask too many questions on a subject. These are seen as negative aspects of the idiom. Have you ever told someone that curiosity killed the cat because they were asking too many questions or trying to dig for more information, or maybe it’s been the other way round?

What we have to remember is that the use of “care” and “curious” are two completely different words, but both are used to promote something negative. Care or in other words worry can lead one to stress out, it can also lead to anxiety and cause you to feel uneasy about a situation. The anxiousness and concern that it can bring to you, is nine times out of ten irrelevant; as others say “most of the things you worry about never happen.”  Where as being curious allows you to take risks, leading you to gain knowledge and become that bit more conscious about your surroundings.

Take the chance in being curious, not only for future creations, but for your inspiration, motivation and even education. Broaden your horizon. Explore different places, try something new, meet new people, read a book, try new foods, give your headphones a rest and embrace your surroundings. There’s something positive that will come out of being curious; as it states in the dictionary to be curious is to have the desire to know or learn something.

As Albert Einstein once said  “I  have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” In wanting to know more he gained an exceptional amount of knowledge, which is known and has been passed down to this generation and future ones. Be curious and set your mark somewhere.

After all creativity and curiosity are cousins.

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