I am now 2 years old going on 3. Just to clarify, I am not some precocious savant toddler who has been writing these blogs. Although, if true, wouldn’t that be something! What is true is that I am about to embark on a 3rd year of blogging. What’s also true is that this is a huge deal for me since it goes against my nature. That means that I tend to moan and groan over having weekly deadlines involving creative writing in particular.
So why this self-imposed torture? The long and short of it is that I was desperate for a creative endeavor. Due to being visually impaired, most activities that I would have enjoyed in which I had skills were no longer viable. Keeping with the short of it, what was left was writing. I came up with this pressure packed project of writing a weekly blog. For some inexplicable reason I managed to complete 2 years without missing a week. For further inexplicableness I decided to keep going. Again, why? Perhaps the pandemic has affected my brain cells.
I do get bogged down periodically and wonder if there is anything else to say that hasn’t already been said. How many times have we come across a topic that has been written about numerous times each with a different spin? There is actually a neurological reason that so many books or articles on a particular topic are available. David Rock, a neuroscientist, has written about how our brains have ‘quirks’ and we can read or hear things differently within ourselves or from person to person
“There ia a small set of quirks about the brain that require a lot of attention, if you want to succeed in the modern world. The reason these quirks require attention is that they are not insights we might learn automatically, like how to breathe.
“One reason there are so many books on these themes is that we need constant reminders, in different forms, of these ideas. The brain is highly dynamic, constantly changing, affected by your thoughts and environment, the people around you. Your brain is more like a forest than a computer, with connections changing constantly, with the light, with the time of day, with the seasons.
“Another reason there are so many books on a limited set of themes is because there are so many different people. All our brains, on one level, are very different. Once the information hits the cortex. Different brains require different contexts and messages.”
In simple terms, our brain quirks cause us to absorb info differently at different times said or read in different ways. That tells me I can pretty much write about whatever moves me at any given time. It will be news to somebody. With that, let’s see what a budding 3 year old can come up with.
Comments are welcomed.