The reason for being, the Why, who we are in relation to what we contribute, how we derive our sense of meaning from life, essentially, what will get us out of bed every day until we exceed the age of 100 and also, how to get there in the first place (according to Dan Buettler).
Some versions of a possible answer to a rather intense question, sometimes, requires zoning in on a small section of what the probable answer to that question is. In this case, the ‘what’ is what we have decided to attribute to a collection of beautifully complex components of neuroanatomy making up the Limbic System.
Studies have found that when we use social media, our brains release an amount of the feel-good chemical dopamine that is on par with gambling and recreational drug use. Receiving likes and reactions to posts feeds into our very human need for validation and affirmation. This causes us to curate our lives and personalities, and in some cases, even create wholly false identities.
I was a below average art student back in high school and the idea of taking on an art project in my 30s made me a little uncomfortable. Maybe because the memories of my draconian and disengaged art teacher made me question my ability to create something worthwhile or maybe because being alone in a room with nothing but a blank canvass and some paints made me feel inadequate, like a beginner all over again.