Curiosity did not kill the cat. Curiosity allowed the cat to live a richer, fuller, and more rewarding life. Curiosity will do the same thing for you.
Recently, while shopping at Whole Foods, I saw sign that was advertising cheese for sale. I love cheddar cheese, the sharper the better, but beyond that I’d never given much thought to cheddar cheese or any other cheese for that matter. But this sign in Whole Foods piqued my curiosity. It was a clue I had to follow.
My research introduced me to Cheddar, England and subsequently to several related and interesting facts. The word “cheddar” is from the Old English “ceodor” meaning deep, dark cavity or pouch. Since the area was named Cheddar it was not surprising to learn there is a Cheddar Gorge and caves in the area. I was surprised to learn that these caves are the inspiration for the caves behind Helm's Deep in J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Two Towers”* and the 1960s British Rock Band, The Troggs, used the Cheddar Caves as the backdrop for the band photograph on their debut album “From Nowhere - The Troggs” which included their song “Wild Thing”.
I was also pleasantly-surprised to learn about Cheddar Man. Britain’s oldest complete human skeleton was discovered in 1903 in a cave in Cheddar Gorge. The remains are referred to as Cheddar Man. DNA testing indicate Cheddar Man was probably lactose intolerant and therefore unable to enjoy Cheddar Cheese.
Extraordinary facts? Maybe or maybe not. Interesting? Certainly. Do they help me connect a few dots in the world? Absolutely. I wasn’t shopping for cheese that day but the cheese found me … and my curiosity. It took my hand and lead me on a journey beyond the ordinary to something more, possibly the extraordinary, and if not this time then maybe next time. More often than we realize, life’s richness is all around us. It may be obscured but in plain view, visible to cats and anyone else who dares to follow their curiosity. What riches might you be missing? Follow your curiosity and find out but be prepared for the extraordinary.