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Right or Left? Left or Right?

This is one of those things I find on the net that just gets me to thinking.  Forget, for the moment, that this is an advertisement for a luxury automobile.  What interested me more was the actual graphic itself.  I was intrigued by the descriptions of the two halves of the the page.  Basically, it is a very brief overview of the analytical versus the creative.  That, in turn, made me really start to think about myself.

For years I considered myself a very left brained person.  I love science and technology.  In school, I was always drawn to classes involving the sciences.  I really tried to mold myself into the very analytical thinking person that I felt I was.  After all, most of the people who I hung out with through high school were very “science-minded”.

While it is true that I am very much a master of words and language (the English language anyway).  I started to see cracks in this interpretation as I hit college.  This is where the other side of my personality started to manifest itself in ways that I didn’t really feel were that creative at the time.  It probably helped that many of the friends that I acquired during this part of my life were more artistic.

This blog here is a fine example of what happens when my creative side is allowed to breathe.  I am also an amateur photographer, and I have even designed my daughter’s softball team website.  These are areas that have only been allowed to blossom in recent years.

Anyone that knows me would probably see the “Right Side” dominance right away.  I am a passionate spirit, and really like to create new things.  I may not be able to draw or paint anything more than stick figures, but there is so much more to art than a painting.  I think many people define the term art far too much because there is art in almost anything we as human beings do.  The ability to think in a non-linear fashion has helped me more in life than any set of defined rules ever have.

Honestly, I believe what makes us special is the unique mixtures of these two halves of  the brain.  Many will be more dominated by the left, while others the right.  For me, this tug of war has shifted as my life experiences continue to shape and mold me into the person I want to be.  That is the part of life I like most.  I get to recreate the “canvas” that is me whenever I want.  For now the colorful and artistic side is taking the wheel.

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About Mike Lemons
I'm a guy in his 40's who has been bumming around the net for years. I am married to a wonderful woman, and have 3 gorgeous kids.

2 Responses to Right or Left? Left or Right?

  1. Becky says:

    I think that you may be at the age where you’re “evened out” in how you think and behave. If you took a Myers-Briggs personality test as a teenager you would have had one of the four areas strongly dominant. Then, as you got into your late 30s and took the test again, you would have four nearly equal parts. Most people even out around 40, from what I’m told, and I think a lot of personality comes from whether you’re right- or left-brained, so I think you’re right about being a balance of the two – NOW. But your kids – nope! They’re probably actively favouring one side or the other, and one personality type above the others. And it will probably change over the next ten years before it starts moving toward “even keel.”

    • Mike Lemons says:

      I think you are right on that…as to the kids…well that’s just part of the fun of watching them grow up…as my oldest crosses into middle school next year I am realizing that it is going way too fast…

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