Stay Curious

Posted by Matt Birchler
— 1 min read

Every Friday morning I open up Apple Music on my iPad and I scroll through the new music that came out overnight to see what’s new. Hardly a week goes by where I don’t add something to my library. Sometimes it’s something new from an artist I know, but just as frequently it’s from an artist I’ve never listened to before.

This sort of musical curiosity eventually fades from everyone, and I’m sure I’ll get there too, but I’m solidly in my 30s now and it really feels like I’m becoming more of a rarity in my age group. I’m immensely proud of this and hope it lasts for many more years.

I like the idea of staying curious about all things in my life as long as possible. While we all eventually become grumpy old men or women who like things the way they are, I really do think that there is real value in staying curious about what’s out there. And not only what’s out there, but why other people like what they like when it’s different from me.

I’m not saying don’t hold any strong beliefs, obviously there are some things that we will be consistent about for decades of our lives and that’s fine. I think it becomes a problem when we start to treat basically everything that way.

So I’m here to say, stay curious. Try out that new app, give that new album a listen, or whatever applies to you. If you’re feeling adventurous, maybe even reply to a tweet you disagree with a request for follow up instead of giving them the business. I’ll try to do the same.