Everything Becky is born of a girl’s appetite for learning and exploration. It’s been my quest for as long as I’ve known myself to be. Chastised by teachers to focus my attention, report cards to parents accusing me of daydreaming in class, are now talismans for me. My interest in medicine sparked my becoming a nurse, until I learned that it was my love of biology and anatomy, not the daily patient care.
Finances required me to pursue sales where I learned the fun of speaking and teaching. Business focused my attention for two decades rewarding me with mastery of that domain. And now. The love of making art, getting juiced by the flow of ideas and energy and intuition are the past endeavors stirred into one delicious soup of art.
Pulitzer Prize winner Walter Lippmann wrote about the usefulness of useless curiosity and courage and described Amelia Earhart’s adventure like this:
The best things of mankind are as useless as Amelia Earhart’s adventure. They are the things that are undertaken not for some definite, measurable result, but because someone, not counting the costs of calculating the consequences, is moved by curiosity, the love of excellence, a point of honor, the compulsion to invent or to make or to understand. In such persons mankind overcomes the inertia which would keep it earthbound forever in its habitual ways.
…All the heroes, the saints, the seers, the explorers and the creators partake of it They do not know what they discover. They do not know where their impulse is taking them…No preconceived theory fits them….They do the useless, brave, noble, the divinely foolish, and the very wisest things that are done by man. And what they prove to themselves and to others is that man is no mere creature of his habits, no mere automaton in his routing, no mere cog in the collective machine, but that in the dust of which he is made there is also fire, lighted now and then by great winds from the sky.