You know, I used to think that folks who were addicted to travel were A type, high functioning personalities that I sort of could relate to, but not really. But after reading The Brain-Changing Magic of New Experiences, I realized they were simply chasing that happiness vibe that we get when we have new encounters.
Now, I knew this, but like a lot of information it had moved to the to-be-forgotten-until-it's-not section of the brain. Suddenly though, everything, every day, is a crazy new adventure because of a simple move from Rayong to Lamphun.
Part of it, I'm sure has to do with living half the time in Rayong in lockdown, but even before, our lives had become rather small. We lived, shopped, and worked in the same area. Novel experiences were corralled into whatever happened in my classroom.
Although after reading the article, I better understand why many people were depressed during stay at home. I was definitely one of the arrogant ones who felt my proclivity towards introverted activities and a working class upbringing would make lockdown a breeze.
Of course, I had my heavy moments, too. When Thailand announced its second lockdown at the end of last year, I was surprised by how much it stung. Apparently, "there's a connection between novelty and happiness" which is why all those fancy and more successful people like to tout the virtues of mindfulness and being grateful, because when we can't go out to have new experiences, we have to focus on what we do have in order to create our own novelty.
Experiencing something new has the added benefit of making time feel fuller and it makes us more resilient, too. Specifically, engaging with other people is the best way to keep your brain working because people are unpredictable.
In the beginning, my mind (and body) was resisting. I entertained dark thoughts like "we shouldn't have moved" because each day felt like starting all over again (Groundhog's Day!). So while our former routines have flown out the window, we're forging new ones.
📚 Looking for something to read? Check out my July reading wrap up, yo! I read American, Australian, and British Muslim last month.
🖥️ I know we're over-saturated with vaccine and CV info but this article on the long-term effects of the vaccines from the University of Alabama really helped put aside my fears and concerns.
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How do you feel when there's no coffee?
So Eric, being Eric, decided to try to digitally restore the Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci after he saw the botched restoration. His version is on the left and Modestini's (which sold for $450 million) is on the right.
In his insanely long, but entertaining (had to give it to him) 2.5 hour video he did a fantastic job of presenting the arguments for and against this painting being a real da Vinci.
And then like many of us creatives, he put in his version at the end and hardly dedicated any time to it.
In the first image I shared at the beginning, you can see how SM was originally discovered (L) and on the right, Eric had simply (ha!) cleaned it up at this point, so it is without any interpretation. Personally, we thought Jesus looked mysterious good already with all the gold scratches.
If you decide to enter this controversial world, you do so at your own risk! But just imagine how smart you'll sound at the next soiree courtesy of us. You're welcome!
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