I grew up observant, but am much more so as I've grown older. My mother and father were both very observant, detailed individuals. I say "were" as my beloved father died 10 years ago, and my mother, as a side effect of bypass heart surgery, has developed some dementia. One of the most devastating differences in my mother now is her focus is, by necessity, on herself. She has lost interest in world events or their far-reaching implications. She has reverted to a more child like state of awareness. I believe awareness IS learned and can be absent or lost via physical or mental illness, personality disorders and medications. It is separate from curiosity, but entwined. I see curiosity as predominantly innate, more in some than others, but it, too, can be encouraged and heightened. Curiosity ignites awareness, as answers come with observations. Awareness requires a level of maturity, as it is not a self focused endeavor, but requires an outer directed interest in the world and others. As we grow from the centric position of infancy, children that are fortunate enough to see parents, siblings, peers and teachers that are 'aware' and interested in the world around them, often, too, become aware adults.