I Hate My Brain

Isn't the brain stupid? For such a complicated piece of our anatomy it can be so ridiculous at times. Why is it that my brain puts up so many barriers to prevent me from learning new things, from meeting new people, from trying new challenges, or from thinking differently.

I have read that it is evolution that has done this to my brain. Our brains have somehow taken on the learnings of our forefathers. What I am being told is that my brain hasn't adapted to our ever-changing world. I don't know enough (yet) to be able to answer that fully but there is no doubt that this is the case. 

However, what I do know is that my brain has learned to be wary of new things, to be cautious, to even be afraid. My parents added to my fear of new things to keep me safe. 

Now my brain keeps fear alive in me to protect me. I tell myself that I don't need protecting, I want to try new things, I want to meet new people, I want to think differently. And I certainly succeeded in thinking differently as I am sure those who have read my posts or seen me at a workshop in an event will attest. 

But I went too far. I challenged my brain, tested it, took it to the limits, and then went beyond what evolution and my parents tried to show me. I pushed evolution and my brain bit back. I had become so accustomed to doing new things that I wanted more. I wanted to see how far I could go. I was living the most exciting journey, and it broke me.

So what's the purpose of this post, to encourage you to fight your brain? No, to challenge your brain but always to remain cautious. The adrenaline that fear and excitement brings is a drug, it's addictive. We want more and more of it. 

Go out and try new things, meet new people, challenge yourself, take your brain out of its comfort zone. But do so carefully. If you don't, your brain will eventually win.

It is all about balance which will be a topic for tomorrow.