I start this blog because I wanted to share the incredible things about Neuroscience that I had learned during my degree. Obviously, I’ve never stopped learning and often get overwhelmed with how much there is to comprehend, not knowing where to start. But I don’t give up because I know that the more I learn, the more I grow, and I can’t imagine not wanting to grow.
Mainstream media, in my opinion, is designed for advertising and is causing a serious lack of productivity. My personal ambition is to reverse that process, and draw people away from the tempting lures of endless and repetitive mind-numbing content. If it were actually relaxing, educational, inspiring or even intelligently entertaining – I might feel differently. But the reality is, digital media has provided every non-artist, keyboard warrior, body with functioning hands a phone – complete, unfiltered access into the mind. What damage is this really doing?
I’m not here to talk about the terrifying suicide rates of young people, online bullying, and other downsides to social addiction – although I wholeheartedly agree these are serious issues. I’m just not educated on them enough to comment.
I am however, here to talk about the impact of over-indulging in ‘mind-numbing’ activities, and the benefit of switching to an ever-learning lifestyle. That is, in fact, how I’d like to consider my own lifestyle. Whilst I’m in no way perfect (I love Netflix as much as the next series-binger), I do set myself up with highly disciplined guidelines about decision making, productivity, and where I channel a majority of my life’s energy.
In order to keep this post reasonably short, I’m just going to list a few things I personally live by, that might help you get started if you’re interested in the ever-learning path.
You are not tired, you are uninspired.
Both my husband and I are continuously working on projects outside of our day jobs. We don’t do this because we hate our day jobs, we do it to make use of our spare time in a way that motivates us and provides us with more opportunities to learn. As you become more proficient at something, it takes less brain power to do. And this is a trap! Because it’s more comfortable, a lot of people prefer to coast – instead of feeling a little uncomfortable and a little challenged each day.
Understand the miracle you’re living in.
Each day, we get up and lug around X kilos of fat, water, and semi-digested food (chyme). Not sure about you, but I’d like to understand exactly how it works, and how to make it work better. So, I spend my commute each day reading non-fiction books about health; sleep, brain, meditation, gut, anything that will get me closer to expert level on the body I’m living in.
Be open to being wrong.
When we learn, we often end up correcting things we thought we knew. In our current environment, especially, we have an entirely filtered view of the world based on what and who we follow online (or on TV). This is the not the world, this your world. When you want to expand your thinking, it’s crucial that you step outside of this cosy cocoon you’ve hand stitched for yourself – yes that means more discomfort – so you can experience something outside of your usual self. Understand people different to you. And start feeling more open to the idea that you could be wrong about something. Or many things.
This list is not exhaustive by any means, but I hope it gives you some ideas about how to change the way you live, and think.