how a car accident changed my thinking
there are many challenges that come with having a brain injury. it’s more than just forgetting where you put your keys, it’s forgetting appointments and whole conversations. it’s not being able to talk on the phone while listening to music. it’s not being able to focus at times. but i have already talked a lot about the challenges of having a brain injury. and there are days that i wish my brain would focus normal again. but there are some unexpected blessings from having a brain injury.
in all honesty, i don’t believe i would be so creative if it were not for my brain injury. you see, i used to be left brained and i think i am still to a certain extent. but, i would not be able to use the more creative parts of my brain if it were not for my brain injury. don’t get me wrong, i have always been creative. but my creativity was limited to meticulous drawings and precise paintings. i most certainly would not be making messes with matte medium and paint.
after my car accident, i used to get frustrated when i couldn’t put all of the details in order. and i still do. but, now i thoroughly enjoy using the right side of my brain more. and i have learned to embrace the messy, creative side of life. in fact, my creativity has blossomed. and i don’t think i would be able to do the things i am doing now, if it were not for my brain injury. i feel like i am more myself now too.
so in these ways, i am actually thankful for my brain injury. i am learning more and more that i am ok just the way i am. that in lots of ways, my life is better now. i am so happy to be living this creative life!