More brain disintegration
It’s been over a week since I’ve written a thing, and the longer I leave it, the harder it is to re-start. At school I’d scoff at teachers telling me ‘the brain is like any part of the body – it gets stronger the more you exercise it’…as I suspected it was merely a not-so-cunning ploy to get me to pull my finger out and do a bit of work for once. I obviously know that the more facts you learn, the more knowledgeable you become…but I never really had the opportunity to test the ‘brain workout’ theory.
At school you work every day, with just the weekend off for your brain to relax (or just the one day for those of us lucky enough to have attended school on Saturdays). Back in the day, you would be eased in gently after the holidays; handing out new books and copying out the syllabus to be covered that term. Even with teachers who were unwilling to give your brain necessary time to warm up, I always thought that my lack of concentration was just a personal rebellion; an illustration of my reluctance to put in any kind of effort after a long relaxing summer. Not a sign that my brain simply couldn’t take the pace.
At uni I struggled to focus my mind at all. First Year was just far too exciting: there were so many friends to be made and too much fun to be had. I had not really experienced a proper nightlife ‘tilNewcastle, so made it my business to acquaint myself with every bar and club the city provided. I went to a lot of Ultimate Frisbee tournaments, totally immersing myself in the social side too. My mind was just always on other things and the degree barely got a look-in. In retrospect, even if I was passionate about my course and worked hard during the day, my alcohol consumption and general burning the candle at both ends probably didn’t do my brain power much good.
Second Year looked promising as I changed to a course I enjoyed …but then I learned of Sam’s imminent arrival and suddenly the formation of the Pluperfect Passive Subjunctive in Latin didn’t seem quite so important. (Though later I would be dwelling extensively on what might have been!)
So what I am trying to say, (but can’t say concisely because my brain has kicked back a little over Christmas), is that previously I haven’t been able to test the brain workout theory, as it was either workworkwork or nothingnothingnothing. But now that I’ve started this blog, I have discovered that there is truth in the idea that exercise makes the brain stronger. And right now I have a serious case of Flabby Brain so will end here.
I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas.