“Curiosity is our friend that teaches us how to become ourselves. And it’s a very gentle friend and a very forgiving friend, and a very constant one. Passion is not so constant, not so gentle, and not so forgiving, and sometimes, not so available. And so, when we live in a world that has come to fetishize passion above all, there’s a great deal of pressure around that.” – Elizabeth Gilbert on the On Being Podcast
Last Summer, when The Assembly was a giant empty space with carpet and dark blue plexiglass windows and an overgrown backyard, my co-founder Carnet and I spent hours talking about words. We would tape them all over the kitchen walls and leave them there for weeks. They would come and go, but in the end there was one word standing.
We talked about what we wanted to do at The Assembly and how we were going to do it and the grand mission statement behind all of it. We also talked about feelings. These words were the driving forces behind the programming, the design, the connective tissue within the community.
Curiosity was our favorite word. It still is.
Our tenets around community, self-care, movement, and honest conversation all come back to curiosity. We are curious about new experiences and the people around us. We are endlessly curious about you (yes you).
In an era where we are all told that surely if we just want it enough and grind harder, anything can happen. When the world wants us to believe that drive (and don’t you dare forget self-compassion along the way — make sure to do that right too!) is the only important factor, we come back to curiosity. Because curiosity can be enough. Curiosity is in all of us. You don’t have to become someone else with more of this, that, or the other quality-of-the-moment.
Whether you’re curious about a class, or peeking around the corner at a new job, starting a business, experimenting with your body and health, motherhood, surfing, macrame, sound baths…come through. Dip your toes in it. Try it out.
I find a new curiosity every day. So what are you curious about? We really, truly want to know. Indulge some of our community’s curiosities with our events below. Reply to this email and tell me yours.