Wednesday, February 8, 2012

On being severely right-brained.

    Do you know what it means to be right-brained? Most of you will know the text book answer: Right brained people are more impulsive and passionate. They tend to be good in the arts: music, art, dance, and creative writing. Right brained people struggle with subjects that involve intense focus, like math or science. They are usually less organized.
    Here's the parts nobody tells you: You'll pay a price for creativity. Your feelings come bigger than other people think they should. You'll cry when you make art that hits a place in your soul that even you didn't know existed. When you fall in love, you fall hard and fast. You feel everything with passion and exuberance and a deepness that rivals the sea and the innermost depths of the earth. When you're creating and things begin to spill out, they don't stop and you'll have to keep going or you might lose your mind. You'll be very anxious about very little with pretty much no warning. Setbacks seem tragic, but you'll bounce back quickly. When you get hyper it's not because you can't think, but because you're thinking about so much all at once that you can't articulate it all. You're a free spirit. Often freer than most people consider "socially acceptable." "Grown ups" consider you unrealistic and they think your art degree will inevitably turn out to be useless.
    But they also don't tell you that you get to see the world in a way nobody else does. You notice colors, shapes, and lines that other people never look twice at. You get to know the pleasure of creating. You get tough from critiques, impervious to insult, seeing all feedback as a way to improve yourself. You get to be yourself, no matter who thinks you shouldn't.

There you have it. Also, for my loyal readers, I've set up a blog schedule, so you can start expecting new posts Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Look forward to "How to: Turn a masquerade mask from blah to ooh la la" or maybe a less fruity title, same content.

Have an excellent Wednesday!

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