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Old 07-30-2020, 02:34 PM   #1
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Default Sometimes worry my curiosity and interests could fade

Hello everyone. I'm just posting this (hopefully in the most appropriate section) to get some opinions/input on whether or not I should worry much about if my curious personality, especially/specifically when it comes to things to do with like astronomy, cosmology, physics etc. could slowly fade or even just eventually disappear...

The reason I sometimes worry is because not only do I struggle with various mental health issues along the lines of bipolar moods (depending on how I'm feeling depression/hopeless-wise sometimes I may feel significantly more or less interested in things) but also because for the majority of my life becoming some successful music artist was always my #1 biggest and pretty much only focus/interest, and during that time period I (I know, foolishly lol) was just so 100% convinced that was the only option and just my 'destiny'.

But relatively recently (maybe ~8-9 or so years ago) thanks to my older brother, I discovered my very deep amazement and interest in astronomy/cosmology, physics etc., and just being curious about and deeply amazed by how things work from the smallest to the largest scale.

Now at this point, that interest and amazement is still considerably solid and healthy. But I just sometimes worry and am afraid it could slowly fade or just eventually totally disappear/change into something different, because like I said for the longest time being some music artist was my #1 only focus/interest, and was what I 'put all my chips into' and didn't consider anything else. But that isn't the case anymore, and I just don't want that to happen eventually with my love for and amazement by wondering about existence and the inner workings of the universe and things around me...
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Could we ask your age?
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Old 07-30-2020, 10:14 PM   #3
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Could we ask your age?
24 turning 25 in November
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My interests have shifted over the decades. Sports and skiing when little. Guitar as teen. Science for next20 yrs. Now, can barely pick up guitar, heavy into cycling and civil rights. So, they may change. Just enjoy the time you have. If u become a surfer next, that'll be awesome.
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I think the fact the your interest in astronomy and cosmology, physics, unlocked a great sense of wonder in you, a wonder that has persisted through all those years @Photonate, could very well be an indicator that those particular subjects are real passions for you, real interests. You're nearly 25 now, so, I believe you're always going to be interested in those things, at least to some degree.

I think astronomy, the universe etc., is incredibly interesting as well. Quite mind blowing actually. Very much so. 👍
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I think it's cool that you're interested in space/astronomy/cosmology and things like that. I would not be worried about it because you've stated that you're passionate about it.


For example, sometimes I've been interested in things I feel are not helpful to me. This doesn't seem to be the case for you with space/astronomy/cosmology.

Sometimes I've been said to overthink things. Which is bad because I like thinking. I like seriously contemplating things, and it just doesn't do the trick when people tell me to just read a light book or something.

It doesn't seem like your thinking about space/astronomy/cosmology is problematic though. I hope you can find ways to engage in what you're passionate about.
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I actually never, you know - thought lol - about it like that, but I would probably say I commonly tend to overthink myself. I'm unfortunately also pretty pessimistic about most things too, so I could definitely see how pessimism and overthinking would be a bad combination...
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It's always a possibility that interests may change. As we grow and have different experiences we find new things that attract us or lose interest in things that have become less so. It's impossible to predict where your passion will ultimately lie. It's important to keep checking in with yourself and also to give yourself the opportunity to grow.

If you are committed to keeping an interest, though, then take actions to protect it. Set aside time for it, continue to learn and grow, and continue to make it a priority. Sometimes we drift away from the things we love because we don't give them the nurturing that they need.

Whatever happens I hope you find your path and your happiness. Good luck!
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someone once told me.... how can your curiosity disappear if you are still asking questions? I was like what the heck and she said see that now you are curious about what I meant when I said that.

her point curiosity never ends. from the moment a little toddler learns to say what til their life has ended the instinctual need to know things is there. its just as instinctual as the cave men picking up two rocks and looked at them and hit them together discovering how to make noise and fire and gathering berries and hunting all the way through the years from them to present. human beings have an instinctual need for safety and searching out things for their basic needs of food clothing and shelter...and this basic instinctual curiosity that human beings have has only grown not disappeared nor faded out into extinction. as long as something causes you to say "what" and go searching for your basic food clothing and shelter and safety needs your curiosity is not faded. then she told me to try something place a chair in the center of a room and not think. thats do not think. do not let your mind wander, do not ask yourself any questions dont say anything to yourself just sit there like a bump on a log and see how quickly that instinctual curiosity kicks it. it may be that favorite item on the wall or wondering how long you have been sitting there or whats on netflix right now, wheres my cell phone... you name it, the moment you purposely set out to not be curious, just sit there not thinking you will see that theres no stopping being curious, its instinctual, it just is what it is.

she was right no matter what I did I could not cause my curiosity to end or fade.

as for interests yes my interests changes over time because I change over time. every time I got a new job my interests changed to being things related to my co workers and my job, when I became a parent my interests because more focused on my children and what they needed, when I got married my interests changed again...

in life I have had many changes in what interests me at the moment. it is just a natural progression of me and whats going on in my life at the moment.

maybe you can start a time line, write out all the things you can remember about each grade in school that you attended. and write out how over time your interests have come and gone and how your life has changed, even when your interests changed through out your whole life you remained curious discovering new things and how to do new things and asking questions that led you to the answers you were looking for.
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