right brain, left brain

Ever notice how the professional world zaps your creativity? I’m sure it varies, depending on how much your job uses your creative brain, but for most office work, that part of your brain seems dampened. I would have argued against that statement previously – I always thought that I maintained a reasonable balance between work and creativity. That was before I had a true break from the professional world, though.

I always knew that I had a difficult time blogging when work was at it’s peak. I usually chalked it up to lack of time and the normal writers block that occurs from time to time. I would just hit a wall – nothing coming out.

Having the switch from working to being a stay at home and back again gave me a rare perspective I would have missed otherwise. The more time I spent at home, the more rusty my analytical left brain became, and the more my creative right brain blossomed. You can see the trend in my blog – not only based on the number of posts I was churning out previously, but in the content as well. I had the time and desire to create new things, and dabbled in everything from sewing to cooking. I even came up with a few new ideas, like my mason jar lids!

As I’ve moved back in to left brain territory, I find my creativity dwindling. The ideas that sparked strongly before have diminished to a soft glow of ember – still there, but needing more time and attention to return fully.

So, the question becomes, are we born predisposed to the right brain or left brain, or do we gravitate toward one or the other as those flames are stoked? If I had focused more on art as a kid, would I still have become an accountant? Or did I gravitate toward math and accounting because I was hard wired to do so? Did I move away from the arts and in to analytics because of nature or nurture?

We know that out dominant hand generally indicates whether we are right or left brain thinkers, and that no one is 100% either side, but there seem to be many exceptions to the dominant hand rule. Left handed accountants and right handed artists do exist in our world – I’m sure in some abundance. Did someone help foster one side of the brain over the other, or were these predetermined at birth?

So, which do you think it is? Perhaps both?

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Mom to "C", wife to Ben. I'm a part-time blogger, cook, organizer, seamstress, house cleaner, taxi, nurse (the mom kind), accountant... I could go on, but really... it's all in the blog. Read away!

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