What to do when your brain goes downhill
This past weekend I walked on a trail with a friend and we discussed random things.
And if you know me, I think I’m the greatest millennial philosopher, so I threw knowledge bombs like I was the US Airforce.
In the midst of my knowledge assault, I stated that people need to grow and fight stagnation. And to do this they continually need to learn more about themselves and the world.
My friend countered saying that the brain peaks at 25–30 and it goes downhill after that. So they can’t continue to learn in life.
I didn’t agree with him.
I told him, yes, parts of ourselves degrade with time, but other parts of ourselves grow with time, like intuition.
And you develop intuition by learning now, experiencing life now, by getting outside your comfort womb now.
Then, over time, you become a well-rounded individual.
So when one part falls off, like our brain, another part picks up the slack.
I hate to bring a corny example, but blind people, although they have no sight, their other senses get heightened to compensate for the blindness.
Have you seen blind people walk down the street?
Damn it, look at the hero Daredevil!
Okay, okay, maybe a fictional marvel character doesn’t prove my point, but the point about the blind people is true.
And this applies to us.
We have to make ourselves well-rounded and mature to deal with an uncertain future.
There is no excuse to not be growing in one or many aspects of yourself. You need to continually push yourself.
And for the love of God, don’t only focus on one area.
This happens too many times, where people only focus on one aspect of themselves and they succeeded in that one area. But fail everywhere else.
You see this with the nerd being great academically, but having a boring life.
Or the bodybuilder looking great physically, but can’t think outside the gym.
Life will come at us from different angles, and we need to expand ourselves to meet life’s battles.
To go off-topic for a second, my favorite combat fighters are the ones that have more than one life skill. They can not only fight, but they can commentate, analyze, socialize. And when their fighting careers are over, instead of getting anxious about what’s next in life, they have opportunities lined up for them.
Again, this applies to us.
Don’t just settle with your job, develop new skills.
Don’t just settle with your current group of friends, find new ones.
Don’t just settle with doing the same routine, find variety.
Listen guys, you have to prepare for yourselves.
And the best way to do it is to live a life that makes you grow into a well-rounded person that fulfills your potential.
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