As I power through “Stumbling on Happiness” by Daniel Gilbert (READ IT!!!!), I can’t help but make a few connections.
He claims that the frontal lobe is the part of the brain that differs us from all other living things. It gives us the opportunity to imagine the future. This next level survival technique is responsible for our speedy evolution that has put us leaps and bounds above (at least on our earth) other animals.
Now what happens when you think too far into the future? Anxiety. What happens when these thoughts are negative? Depression. What happens when these thoughts are unrealistic? Mania.
I am no where near scientifically understanding neuroscience, but can I at least suggest a pattern here?
Everything in moderation right? What if we are those overdeveloped, before our time brains that struggle to adjust to the here and now and lead normal lives like the others? Too much of a good thing has side effects. Even economics realize there is always a law of diminishing returns. We are that downfall.
But so what.
Instead of molding, instead of purposefully fading our natural highs and lows, let’s embrace it. Different doesn’t mean bad. Different allows us to go where others can’t.
I believe the mind is more powerful than we will ever be able to wrap our heads around. Maybe this is where my belief is God comes in, or maybe this is cold hard scientific fact. We need to continue to push the limits that we are given in order to continue this rapid evolution.
So enjoy the highs, and let yourself live in your lows. Stop striving for perfection, admit your defeats, and let yourself be the best version of your chemical concoction that you are given.