The Never-Ending Curiosity of a 5-Year Old: Why, How? What? and Why?



My brain is like a 5-year old, and up until recently, it was like an over-caffeinated 5-year old without a chance to get outside and run around on the playground. I find myself fixated on the WHY question, as well as the WHAT and the HOW, and I can’t help but wonder, about, well, everything.

In no particular order, questions that dart in and out of my mind:

Writing, Documentation, Blogging

  • Why do you write?
  • Why is this interesting?
  • Why do you want to say something?
  • What are you trying to do?
  • How do you feel when you write?


  • Why do you log on?
  • What do you want to achieve?
  • What are you looking for?
  • What do you see?
  • Why do you post something?
  • How does it make you feel?
  • Do you feel better or worse when you go online?
  • Is this helping what you want to do?

Work, Clients, Professionalism

  • Why are these projects important?
  • Who pays us?
  • When will this change?
  • Do you like this part of it? Why not?
  • Why does the system work like this?
  • Why do I have fears and insecurities?
  • Why am I procrastinating on somethings, and not others?
  • How am I doing?
  • How can I be better?
  • Is what I’m doing enough?
  • Do I understand what I’m doing?
  • Why am I bored?
  • Why am I overwhelmed?
  • What do I want?


  • Why do I need it?
  • How much of it do I need?
  • Do I really need it?
  • Why do we develop strange relationships with money?
  • Is it finite?
  • How much time should I spend thinking about it?
  • What am I doing wrong?
  • How can I be better?
  • How is it possible to be so terrible with it?
  • Why do I spend money the way that I do?
  • What are my goals?
  • What tiny changes could I make to make really big long-term changes?
Cities, Landscapes, Architecture
  • How did this get this way?
  • What are we overlooking? What aren’t we seeing?
  • Are we racing towards a strange and precarious future?
  • Can I make anything different?
  • How will we change the patterns of the world?
  • What do people really care about?
  • Why did the American Dream start, and is it doing us any good?
  • What is the future of cities?
  • What about the future of people?

This is the rattled, frenetic brain of mine, on only a few of the many topics I like to think about. I keep asking Why, Why, Why, and I’m just wondering …


  • Why do you do what you do?
  • Why do you behave in certain ways?
  • Who is making the decisions?
  • What do you feel like?
  • How are you changing and growing?
  • How will you make a difference?

How often do you stop and wonder?

There’s no answer to this post. Just curious, insatiable questions.


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6 Responses to The Never-Ending Curiosity of a 5-Year Old: Why, How? What? and Why?

  1. Clara says:

    You’re not alone, Sarah, that’s for sure. Occasionally I get frustrated with The Mind That Never Stops (sounds a bit like the title of a horror film, no?), but mostly I’m fine with it. I finally realized that it’s a product of my chronic curiosity, and I’m grateful every day that I approach life that way.

  2. These questions are like the rocket fuel which propels us on and on in life…….and since children are always eager to grow, they keep on pestering elders with barrage of questions… And we grown-ups, when we stop questioning we do not grow further, rather we start decaying. Many things to be learnt from small kids and apply in our life.

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. bonzaros says:

    It’s hunger for knowledge to fill the gaps between what you already know and what you do not yet know but know that you don’t know. It’s having been sent a link to an article about Permission, which in turn sparks an interest in other articles by the same author, which leads to something about insatiable curiosity, which leads you to look up “curiosity” which brings you to a scientific article about instinct being confused with curiosity, which in turn propels you to another article about curiosity, emotions, sales. Why IS curiosity is so intense, transient, impulsive, and disappointing when satisfied? Is curiosity the internet?
    I have more reading to do, I’m just getting started – thanks Sarah, for your provocations!

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  5. Christian says:

    This, what you have written, is the reason I read blogs. So much of the detritus on the web is like the gossip magazine rack at the grocery store. Headlines commanding our attention for dreck that is meaningless. I enjoy reading your thoughtful and wise writing. It’s like grabbing the NY Times on a lazy Sunday morning with my fiance and sharing our favorite sections.

    There is substance here. I appreciate that your interests are broad and ecclectic. I appreciate that you are not hawking some product.

    I seek knowledge. I seek wisdom and connection. I don’t have time to filter through everything on the web. I am barely able to find time to read a book. I enjoy stopping by It Starts With. Thank you for your graceful and thoughtful writing. If the goal of any blogger is to connect and influence someone else, you have done that. Thank you. I will be back.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Christian – thank you so much. I try to write what needs to be said, not what will be attention-grabbing or capture short minutes in random spaces. Sometimes it’s very long, other times unfinished; I think that “the internet” and blogs in general can become much, much better. Finding the good stuff is always a joy. Thanks for visiting my blog – your comment makes my day. Cheers :) – Sarah