THE HUMAN BRAIN – Whitney Oladeinde

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What a great time to be alive!

Theresa May, our second British female PM, Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany and hopefully we will have a President Hillary Clinton. Can you be anything but inspired?

This is not a post just towards females by the way, in case you males have switched off. This is a post for all people.

Earlier this week I was challenged by a man that I really look up to, we were talking about what I should be doing outside of a 9- 5, what skills I should be gaining and what interests I can pursue. He said to me Whitney, don’t let them kill your mind!

Then he asked me, outside of a 9-5, what do you want to be known for? Because whatever it is, start now and we can build an empire with it.

I’m really not here to tell you or beg you to be more productive with your time, because I’m still learning myself. I think that would be hypocritical, when I have mastered using mine more productively, then maybe. But I’m here to share the picture that appeared in my mind during this conversation. It was of a brain, a small one. One that was never stretched, so it stayed the same. One that never explored its capabilities, so it stayed the same. One that never tried, so it never grew and you guessed it… it stayed the same. I know very little about science so I’m not trying to be scientifically correct lol but I’m just expressing what I saw in the best way I can. It was clear that there was room for growth, it was clear that the brain had the capacity to take so much more than it was, yet it stayed the same.

How does this link to those great women at the beginning I started with? They were all born in times when the idea of a female leading a nation was unheard of. They had to work ten times as hard as their male counterparts to be acknowledged. For that thought to even cross their minds and for them to take the actions they did, their brains clearly had been stretched, exposed, and had grown!

They did more than was expected of them from a young age, they made sacrifices, they filled their spare time with beneficial and challenging activities that one day allowed them to live the lives they had dreamt of. Most importantly, they stretched themselves and their minds until one day, their capacity broke limitations and opened the door for them to lead a country.

What am I taking from this? I can only go as far as my brain has been stretched, challenged and exposed.

P.s. I apologise to all the readers in the scientific field LOL but I hope you can still gain something from this. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. said it better than I ever could –

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”

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