Walk on the wild side

Wild side

The brain is programmed to spot differences. So when things look the same, sound the same, smell the same, the brain doesn’t notice it.

Before we were humanoids, a long time ago that was handy, because when nothing changed, we felt at ease, but when something did, it was danger and we ran away as fast as we could.

The part of the brains responsible for that reflex is the amygdala; also called lizard brain, a very old part of our brain. It senses danger.

It’s also the part where instincts and gut feelings originate; primal thoughts; subconscious or involuntary processes. Here’s a nice contradiction in terminus.

I mean, when everything stays the same, it is boring, but gives a save feeling. Point is, it is also a status quo: Nothing changes.

On the other hand, when we follow our gut, there’s a good chance things will change and sometimes radical. For example, buying a house when there’s a crisis or just follow your heart when you’re in love.

Both cases create a brand new situation, out of the ordinary, so the lizard brain is scared and wants to run, but our gut feeling says: “Hey, it’s OK, I like this!”.

Well, HUSH the lizard brain I say! Even when it’s hard and the lizard brains is screaming the alarms and sirens, follow your gut.

Walk on the wild side, it’s a good place to be.

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Distraction

Distraction

It is like going to an appointment. An important or less important one, but it would be good to be there in time. In order to get there, you have to walk to a market.

But on this market merchants are calling at you and want to sell beautiful, nice, good tasting, attractive, great looking or cheap stuff.

It is hard to resist and very tempting to stop or even buy things or just have small talk or trying to get rid of that particular persistent merchant….

At the end of the market you realize you’re too late and out of money.

Well, that is OK, as long as you had a good time and a good experience, but make that mental click. Make it clear and lasting. ‘Good time versus not reaching the original destination’, otherwise there’s a risk of having regrets. Not good.

When your objective is to reach the destination, be aware of the merchants. They’re always there, with great offers. Smile, nod, wave, laugh, but don’t slow down. Keep focussed on the destination, enjoying the ride.

No distraction, your direction.