Suyin Aerts
October 28, 2022

My stroke of insights

This is the title of the bestseller I am reading at the moment. One of the books I am reading, because as always I do have many books that I am reading at the same time. 

It is eye opening to me because I had a brain stroke myself some years ago. The book is written by a brain scientist who suffered from a severe stroke herself and in the book she shares the understanding she gained from her journey to recovery. Which made me think of my recovery. I have not finished the book yet, but I must say certain things are really AHA moments, especially the way the book starts with the moment when the evil stroke is in your head. 

Probably a moment I will never forget, but again what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

I will probably write another blog once I finish the book to share my insights. 

But it made me think when I sat down to start writing this blog how much I love learning new things and gaining new insights.

Probably the reason I like to moderate a debate, lead a panel, do an interview,  as I always learn so many new things. It is of course also a challenge as you need to be on the same level as the people you have in front of you. You cannot show up as a virgin on the topic.

Which doesn't mean you need to be a specialist, being a generalist is just fine.

We can be addicted to many things and I might want to get rid of some bad habits replacing them with good habits. But I do not want to get rid of my addiction to knowledge.

Knowledge, whether implicit or explicit, underlies everything that we do. Our brain is a prediction engine that builds knowledge and gets smarter as it better aligns what it needs to do with the demands of the environment.

Somebody told me after my stroke that the fact I have been practicing sports at a very high pace since I was young might be a reason why my brain was able to find a shortcut fast. I do not know whether this is true but I am happy I am living a normal life now after my brain stroke. 

Oh well I need to take medicine everyday. But the ‘knowledge’ that this will keep  me safe comforts me.

I did not have to go through the same hard times the professor describes in her book. My recovery was nothing compared to hers, but I want to continue reading as I am sure I will gain new insights anyway.

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