There is a lot of speculative reporting on when things will open up and feel more normal but lately, I have been wondering more about how I will reenter the world than when I will reenter the world.
This post (and many others) describes how repetition can form new neural pathways in our brain and form new default behaviors (habits): The Neuroscience of Behavior Change | by Fit4D | StartUp Health (healthtransformer.co)
The post quotes psychologist Deann Ware, Ph.D., explaining that when brain cells communicate frequently, the connection between them strengthens and “the messages that travel the same pathway in the brain over and over begin to transmit faster and faster.” With enough repetition, these behaviors become automatic.”
Estimates vary on how long it takes to form new pathways and place it anywhere from 18 to 254 days.
I have now spent over 365 days avoiding everyone outside of my household and dealing with constant thoughts of fear and caution. What new pathways will I encounter as I choose more social interactions and try to feel safe once more?
It may be a time of caution, but it may also be a time to have all experiences new again, ignite the inert gasses of creativity, and think outside the box (How to Think Outside the Box @mondaymorningmemo.com).