Sometimes, a bad experience really can bring on new insights, and give you a new life. Hardships are obstacles – sometimes mine fields – but, if we are very lucky, they can also open up whole new worlds.
My mother recently had a small stroke. One of the neighbours, a former pilot, now uses a wheelchair to get around because he lost the capacity to walk after his stroke.
Jill Bolte Taylor, a brain scientist, watched as her bodily functions had a total meltdown. She spent eight years learning how to talk and walk again. And how to think. What she discovered is truly amazing – and an inspiration to us all.
“How many brain scientists have been able to study the brain from the inside out? I’ve gotten as much out of this experience of losing my left mind as I have in my entire academic career,” she says.
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I don’t mind telling you that this brought tears to my eyes.
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