Rantapalooza: I want my right brain back!

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We live in a left-brained adulthood world of work with:

rules,

guidelines,

laws,

expectations,

deadlines,

snooze alarms,

responsibilities,

logic,

plans,

budgets,

ROIs,

grades,

rankings,

follower counts,

retweets,

metrics,

feedback,

criticism,

blog comments,

workaholics,

competition,

answers,

thinking inside the box, and

coloring within the lines. 

Yet, many of us have grown up and out of our right brained childhood world of play that included:

recess,

simple fun,

toys,

games,

comic books,

Jello,

crayons,

imagination,

hide and seek,

nap time,

hobbies,

active dreaming,

innocence,

curiosity,

originality,

naiveté,

simplicity,

questions, and

creative self-discovery.

The problem.

Forgotten, unpracticed, undervalued, misunderstood, but not lost. My brain, the three pounds of wrinkled, pinkish-gray matter with the consistency of jelly, the central processing unit of all that is I, has become off balance, wobbly, gone askew, prematurely left-brain heavy.

 My life has become overtly logical, ordinarily normal, consciously redundant, excessively off balance. On these all too many days, I am in need of a more balanced brain, an ambidextrous brain.  My yin needs a yang. My negative needs a positive. My passive needs an active. My work needs a play. My left-brain needs a right brain.  I long for the once upon a long time ago when:

imagination was more important than knowledge;

time was more important than money;

the journey was more important than the destination;

questions were more important than answers;

climbing the monkey bars was more important than climbing the corporate ladder;

keeping up with the curiosities of the day was more important than keeping up with the Jones;

and friends were more important than possessions.

The rant.

I long for the innate ability to self-balance, to put things in the right brain perspective.

Damn you school for focusing too harshly on memorization, coloring within the lines, and questions with one answer.

Damn you work for failing to encourage, recognize, or reward innovative thinking or a different perspective.

Damn you left-brained world for being afraid of change, supporting average, and criticizing the right brain of others.

Damn you left-brain for holding dominance among the most of us.

I want my right brain back!

 

More Aha Lessons.

Enjoy a Creative Bounce with Simple Fun by Denny McCorkle, @TweetRightBrain

Sometimes You Gotta by Denny McCorkle

Do Schools Kill Creativity by Sir Ken Robinson, @SirKenRobinson

 

“Adults are obsolete children.” Dr. Seuss

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist after he grows up.” Pablo Picasso

“All children have creative power.” Brenda Ueland

“If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.” John Cleese

 

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One Comment on “Rantapalooza: I want my right brain back!”

  1. Michael Plishka says:

    Love this!

    Like


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