Today’s article is a little bit random, but after working in my daughter’s Kindergarten class, it got me thinking…
“There’s no such thing as a stupid question.”
You can go through your whole life not knowing the real answer to certain questions that you had never thought of asking, for fear of looking silly for asking or like a failure. Some of us just can’t be bothered to ask as we know in some situations that our curiosity will be rebuked – age can play a massive factor in this.
No such thing … until you ask it?
Think of all the things that you need to or want to know. Some things that can’t be asked online; personal questions, family history, etc. Opinions on yourself, your life, your loves. Reviews on great little restaurants, etc. There are some questions that search engines just don’t have the answer for.
Search engines such as Google are most definitely our friend in times like these. The more commonly researched questions include “Do penguins have knees?” and “What are those eye floaters in my eye?” (a sort of follow up from that episode of Family Guy). So it seems like everybody is thinking the same thing … we’re just not verbalizing it.
Here’s another question – what’s the solution?
Get out there, meet up with friends and family and ask all the questions in the world. Ask everything that you have on your mind, no matter how random or strange it may seem. No matter how pointless it may be. What may seem to you like the most inane of conversations could be a lifeline to somebody else; never underestimate the power of your words to brighten up somebody’s day.
It could be that you are visiting a relative that you haven’t seen in awhile who has been having a tough time recently; that just your visit has brightened their day, but your ponderings and musings have served as a point of purpose for them that day. Explore the taboo subjects that you never thought you would delve into outside of your own head – you will never know what somebody’s experiences or stances are with certain areas until you begin with an open-ended question about it.
A problem shared is a problem halved
You may even find that the questions that you had and were wanting to ask were personal worries manifesting inside of you. Sort of a “I’m asking for a friend” type of scenario; a lot can be discerned about the comfort and safety of a child from the questions that they ask and their queries about the world, so why do we stop it when we are adults? The more you choose to know, the more you choose to learn. Learning doesn’t stop when we hit a certain age; it’s there to be explored and carried on throughout your life.
So the next time you want to know something … just ask. Don’t hold on to it until it’s too late, and don’t judge your character for wanting to know the answer.
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