Image credit; humanosphere.org

Image credit; humanosphere.org

I came to a point this past year where I realised I wasn’t learning new things. Initially, I had assumed life had come to a stand still, I assumed I had reached a temporary plateau. However, I came to find that I was wrong, my learning was not on a plateau, it was on decline instead. Practice makes perfect they say; the only way to practice intelligence is to gain it. At some point in the year I came across this phrase; “if you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room” Anon. I wasn’t in many rooms this year, but even in my quiet time, I knew that I wasn’t being challenged the way I should have been. I have often professed to be ‘sapiosexual’ but I realised I needed to mentally stimulate myself. I had suffered ‘brain drain’.

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The dictionary definition for ‘brain drain‘ is ‘the emigration of highly trained or qualified people from a particular country’. However, in my case my brain drain felt like an active phenomenon. I often felt as though there was more leaching out of my cognition than was coming in.

At that point I discovered the quickest and most efficient fix. Books. Sometime in 2014, I enrolled in a book swap, however due to non-book related reasons, that plan crashed and burned. So this year instead I began searching for books read and written by people I admired. I asked for book recommendations from people I respected. Due to my desire for a better understanding of Nigeria and her history, I searched for Nigerian literature and saturated mind with these. Before I knew it, my innate desire to read and learn increased. Innate because I was born into a family of readers, my dad is always reading a book. My grandfather had a library to covet, and secondary to a perfect kitchen, I want an exceptional library, filled with knowledge centuries old. Bae must read!

The brain drain of 2015, was initially exhausting and difficult to bear. However, once I was able to spot the problem and identify the cause for the mental exhaustion, the problem was half solved. As a result, I completely agree with Confucius. Ignorance is not an option.

“No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.” Confucius

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Until next time friends. Share below what helps you when you feel ‘brain drained’?