I came across this image this week and I’ve been thinking about it since.
I feel I’m much more right brain than left brain – but, truth be told, there is quite a bit of left brain present in how I act. So what’s the truth then?
I have a slightly different persona in my job versus my leisure.
My job requires me to be organised, prepared, practical. And some people I work with think that’s all I am.
However, the aspects of my work that I most enjoy give me opportunity to create, to be around images, metaphors, making sense of a whole instead of focussing on details, they give me chances to make room for dance or paint or play. Whenever I feel I am free to choose, creativity is the result. Colour, imagination, spirituality. That’s what I spend my own time on. That’s who I am, that’s how I know myself. And that’s who I want to be.
So, in the end, I do both. And that’s quite helpful, really. And I’m pretty sure that nurture, not nature, circumstance and what was/is required of me more than what I naturally lean towards, have increased my ‘left brain activity’.
I feel I’d be quite a bit happier if I had the chance to let my right brain reign… If I could drop the role and go with what is ‘naturally me’.
What’s your experience with this? Which side of the brain do you live on – and are you happy there?