“Something punched my mind in the face.”

-They Might Be Giants, in I Love you for Psychological Reasons

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I was listening to music today and fell upon some inspiration for this blog post.

It’s the above quote, in case you were wondering.  I was thinking about how well I relate to that sentiment.  Something punching your mind is really just an eloquent version of mind = blown.  It takes me back to my freshman year of college, when I took my first ethics class.  The whole thing was centered on specific ethical theories, and was taught by a professor who had a very tongue-in-cheek way about him and looked like Socrates.  He had a balding head, with white hair and a giant, ivory beard complete with little round spectacles.  And he proceeded to change my thinking.  I went in an ethical nihilist, and left believing that ethics ultimately came from a human sense of preserving society and survival, instead of thin air.

It’s not always a bad thing when your mind gets punched in the face.  Actually, we should probably put ourselves in lots of positions to make that happen.  It comes in many forms, such as traveling, meeting new and diverse people, taking time to understand different cultures and religions than our own, reading, watching plays or movies, and, last but not least, education.

So I’m taking a moment to be grateful for next semester.  Sure, it’ll be stressful sometimes.  It’ll be dull sometimes.  It will deprive me of sleep sometimes.  But it will also punch my mind in the face.  It will do more than get me out with my bachelor’s and a 9 to 5, it will help shape me as a human being.

There are lots of people in the world that lack access to education.  A great proportion of those people are women.  I can’t imagine not studying or going to school.  I can’t imagine what it must be like to be a woman, or to be anyone, for that matter, who can’t access education.

But I can.  I will go into my next semester in battle mode, ready to learn.  I want to go to school next semester for the sake of learning in and of itself.  I want to play the role of a curious woman, not someone trying to get into graduate school.  I want something to punch my mind in the face.

But what about you?  Has anyone ever punched your mind in the face?  How do you challenge yourself and your opinions?  Let me know in the comments down below, and be sure to like this lovely work of art.  If you haven’t already, go ahead and click the follow button or whatever.  Or don’t.  I’m not the boss of you.

2 thoughts on “Punch your Mind in the Face and other Necessary Advice

  1. Very true. Particularly, as you grow older (wayyy older than you though :)) the body and the mind tend to enter a state of “status-quo”. Without any new experiences, the mind-body system becomes dull. That is why it is very important to “punch yourself in the face” once in a while. I try it out by travelling to new places and eating the local food and drink whenever I do, freelancing instead of working a regular job, signing up for my first 5K run, trying my hand at blogging etc etc. These new experiences result in a “shock” for the mind-body, causing new neural pathways to form while the system tries to adjust. All this results in regeneration and growth, and eventually good mental and physical health.

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