Here’s what I spent my weekend with:
Sensory & motor systems… yay neuropsych!
Daunting, right? I may or may not have had a few mini-meltdowns over the sheer amount of material I needed to learn. But after a little impromptu run (! More on that later), I started to think about the real take-home points.
Because regardless of whether or not I ace this test, the following things are still true:
The cone receptors in my retina will still synapse just fine and allow me to see the brilliant colors of roses in the sunshine.
My temporal lobe will still process some of my visual pathways and allow me to recognize the faces of those I love.
The many olfactory glomeruli in my nose will still help me smell (and taste!) delicious cookies.
My motor cortex will still send messages via the dorsal corticospinal tract to activate my leg muscles and power me through my first run in 6 months (spurred by a near anxiety-attack over aforementioned test… at least it started back up my running mojo!).
The sun will still shine, the flowers will still bloom, there will still be stars in the night sky & a million other little things that make me happy, I will still have people to love and ways to show them I care, & in the grand scheme of things, this little test doesn’t matter at all.
That’s my perspective.
How do you keep things in perspective?