Happy International Youth Day

Curious about curiosity?

I searched for answers, and found frequent references to Albert Einstein’s famous words, “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” We might well quibble with the notion that Einstein had no “special talent,” but he wouldn’t have solved the riddles of the universe if not for his passionate curiosity. Then I came across another Einstein quote: “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence.”

Dear Supporters and Youngsters,

To be curious means that you wonder about things. You want to know more. You seek out knowledge. And, you are excited to do that. It’s like making the same diner in 100 different ways. Tasting 50 different flavours of ice cream out of curiosity. Right?

It’s that part of you that keeps you alive and keeps you awake during the nights. I was hesitantly curious before making my first design, and today I end up making the visual identity for my organization. I was extremely curious before my first youth exchange back in 2013. Today I am a youth worker implementing that kind of a project in my home town. I can safely say that my curiosity back then was one of the best things happening to me!

There is no secret recipe for curiosity. Ask questions. Do the research. Make things happen. Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas!

The power of youth can never be harnessed. It’s like a gushing stream or a mighty river that follows its course no matter how big the obstacles in its way are. Similarly, the energetic youth can do the greatest of things if used in the right way.  The lives of our youth are often filled with either pleasant or unpleasant experiences, but these people are gifted with the ability to change the unpleasant condition into a pleasant one and to learn from it.

This is the era of creativity, the era of technology and the era for amazingly weird young people with an open mind and positive vibes. 

Make the most of your young life!

Happy international youth day!

Sanja Stefanova
Youth worker at Youth on Board

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