Awhile ago, I wrote a blog post on discovering your favourite exercise, a sport or your physical activity that dovetails neatly into your lifestyle and personality. A sure bet you will want to take up that exercise several times per week for health, fun and for a long time.
Well, at the other end of life’s passion scale, is something cerebral, that’s more sedentary, happily consumes and uplifts your brain, your soul. Be it music or singing, painting, cooking, volunteering, sudoka puzzles, blogging or reading detective fiction. Since you naturally enjoy tinkering and messing around
with pieces of words, paint, wire, wood or fabric, curiosity pulls you further to try new techniques, colours, textures or sound pitches.
When Injured, Tired or Sick
I’d like to think whatever cerebral, non-exercise passion we pursue, it is our personal mental health insurance. It doesn’t guarantee happiness forever nor solve life’s bigger problems. But if we are sad, stressed, injured or can no longer pursue a sport, then we can slip somewhere temporarily for hours, in our brain-based expression of passion.
For several months, last year I couldn’t do much during my recovery from a head injury after another cyclist crashed into me. Many hours of bed during the day, doing nothing so that my brain could heal. I couldn’t stand for a long time with even head and body movements for small home tasks without becoming dizzy. So my bedroom became my tranquility tank of peaceful recovery.
When I recovered enough to walk in bright sunshine, I had to numb myself against the sight of happy cyclists whirling down the bike paths.
Mental Health Insurance, Satisfaction: Non Physical Activities Too
We have all heard of stories where some athletes have banked their personal achievements on their sport, the cumulative jogging-cycling mileage. Then one day, they can no longer do their
sport. They may become significantly depressed for awhile. It’s helpful to have other passions, not linked to physical achievement or a past athletic life, because we will all become weak in life. We need to have our happy go-to other passions for our own mental health insurance.
After a year of not doing any art because of every possible excuse prior to my injury, several months ago, I finally dragged out my blank canvasses, block prints and paintbrushes. I still need a lot more art instruction to become bolder, more refined and more complex. But for now, it’s time just to be in touch with colour, shape, mood and transformation. I have suppressed the need to paint, create for several years at different times in life. But somehow, the need to create seems to nudge me forward to wake up.
As I said awhile ago, cycling is a happy active exercise for me, for transportation and health. My art and blogging are my health saviours to keep me balanced, yet flexible in mind and soul.
Since you maybe an enthusiastic blogger, what active and brain-based passions do you tend to pursue? What do you want to do more of but just aren’t doing much of it at this time?