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One of the things that my father has drilled into my head is that life is pretty bland without two things: Curiosity and bravery.

Of course, he doesn’t say it that way for fear of sounding corny like me, but that’s the gist of it. However, he always seems to emphasize the curiosity, whether he realizes it or not.

He’s even ended one of his letters with “Be well.  Be interested.  Be open to wonder.  Be wildered.”

Quirkiness aside, he’s made it clear to me that without curiosity and the willingness to be confused and work through it, a person cannot learn. They cannot explore, nor even truly experience the world around them. Yeah, confusion is frustrating and frightening, but it’s a part of growing. I mean, it’s not like you start out in physics understanding everything about relativity and you certainly don’t start flirting knowing what on earth you’re doing.

The short of it is that you need to have the guts to face when you’re wrong and when you mess up. More than anything, though, you need to be willing to learn; to receive. If you don’t have that, then your courage and your college career mean diddly-squat.

Yeah, you might get a degree by just cruising through school and you might even get the job you want, but what’s the point if you haven’t learned about the world around you on the way? Without curiosity, you don’t take advantage of college, you don’t learn to investigate, and you don’t learn to enjoy that exploration. Seems like a pretty sad way to go about life.

Or, at least that’s what the old man and I think.

With that in mind, I hope that you’re taking full advantage of this great school and what it has to offer! Explore the clubs, the classes, and the cute people you see walking around. There’s no excuse to keep from investigating and UMass is a veritable treasure trove for exploration.

Enjoy the week!

Song of the Week: “Brave” by Josh Groban.

Okay, so the lyrics are related, but mostly I’ve had this song buzzing through my head all day. This is one of my favorite singers and I hope that you appreciate him too!


Yeah without curiosity and the willingness to be confused and work through it. Thanks for sharing huge information.


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