How my brain works: the scenic route to daily life

When I recently described the way my brain works to a friend of mine, my friend said it was very interesting the way my brain works. I couldn’t agree more and I’m often fascinated to get into discussion with fellow Dyspraxic people to talk about the various depths to the make-up of our brains.

So how does my brain really work? Well, it has its wicked ways I’ll tell you that. The way I do things is as described in a recent skills test I had, “taking a longer and more methodical approach”.

I love this because it basically goes against everything I have come to believe. When I recently posted on my other mental health themed blog page, I said that my mind has been infested with ideologies that make me think that life is a race. Now I have come to one conclusion as to why.

In many contexts, the whole idea of rushing really makes my brain go completely insane. Take a computer program for example. One of the ones computer fanatics say is easy and a masterful piece of technology to use such as Microsoft Excel.

Now, where one person could say to me “if you type in this and that formula and click on this and that, it completes the task for you by doing 2 steps or more in 1 step”, this would mean absolutely nothing to me. Why would you rather do it manually and do it in 5, 6 or 7 steps instead of 1 I here you ask. Because I’m Dyspraxic!

By doing 2 steps in 1 rather than taking my “longer and more methodical approach” I become disinterested in a lot of things very quickly and start to become lethargic. There are even a couple of daily tasks where this same thought process applies to me. These such things are:

Emptying the dishwasher

When I have seen most people empty a dishwasher, they take the cutlery holder out of the dishwasher and put all the cutlery away almost in one motion. Nextlevelism at its finest. However, the way I choose to do it, is putting the cutlery away individually and then also rearranging the cupboard so I can fit all the cups and mugs in without any falling and breaking. The reason why I choose to do it this way in this particular circumstance, is that time is not pressing. When I do this time is not of the essence… I’m not all of a sudden going to become busy and have a ton of things to do. So I take my time. Something I’m sure many people would love the chance to do more often.

Writing notes on paper

Back a few months ago I lost a lot of faith in technology due to a fault with my tablet and all of the notes I’d made had vanished forever. This made me honestly quite sad due to some of the notes I made being of big interest to me. So I decided to go and buy numerous notepads to say a big thanks for nothing to technology. Where technology is quicker and you can type very quickly on a phone or a tablet, writing on paper gives me the feeling of actually being able to enjoy writing a bit more at times as I don’t feel in a mad rush.

The other thing with writing notes in notepads is once I understand what I want to do with them or what the topic of notes is I can put a title on the book and then I know the subject. Or if I don’t do that… I can just decide to be spontaneous and not really care whether I’ve got notes about anything from flags of the world to psychology in one notepad. Sometimes it’s nice to see the variety rather than always having to be so organised and live up to the lofty standards expected.

So this is in fact the way my brain works. I take a longer amount of time so that I can feel comfortable with what I’m doing and also to be able to do things to the same standard or sometimes better than someone else but just in a more unique and original way.

Because where’s the fun in doing things the same way as someone else, right? And certainly where’s the fun in engaging in something that could potentially lead you to something great, only to become stuck in a rut because you are under pressure to do things to others expectations?

I think spontaneity should be celebrated more often and you never know, you may learn a thing or 2 from watching the methods of a Dyspraxic person at work.

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