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The Fascinated Life
by Tirzah Duncan
"The more you learn about something, the more interesting it is"
Ever heard that quote? I would be kind of surprised if you have, as it's Mom's. I find it to be a very useful quote when used in conjunction with another famous familial quote:
"It's more interesting when you're interested."
I know, I know, it's hardly mind-blowing. In fact, I'm pretty sure everyone knew that. (In my defense, I said it as more of a comeback than a deep philosophy.) But it really got interesting when I also realized this:
You can choose to be interested.
I first learned this principle thanks to my dad and sports.
Dad was the only baseball-lover and sports-liker in the house. When he took me to my first football game, I was swept up in the cheering and the chanting and the roaring, in the rousing music from marching band and loudspeakers.
And so, mostly because there was nothing else to do, I started asking questions.
I had an ever-stocking arsenal of questions, and Dad was happy to answer them all. And all the questions I had about baseball, and about fantasy leagues.
But knowledge isn't the most important thing here- interest is.
So whenever I'm in a situation (or with a person) that seems dull, I remember that my interest is in my own hands, and make it my mission to find out the fascinating.
Because life is more interesting when you're interested.
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