Smarts.

12 Mar

Smarts.

I’ve been thinking about how we define “smart” or “intelligent.” IQ tests, I guess. Although, I’ve never actually spoken to anyone who knows his or her IQ. Do they even perform these tests anymore? And who administers these tests? Did I miss this at some point? Do you know your IQ?

I would like to consider myself smart (I guess everyone would though), but my lack of directional skills, poor memory, and airhead moments can state otherwise. Sometimes I feel dumb. I’ve always been more English, History, and Art smart in school. I can write a decent essay. I’m creative. What can I say? I use the right side of my brain, while the left side sits there like that Bowflex I swore I would use (but it’s not a bad coat rack).

My dad makes sure that planes take off and land safely, without crashing in the process. As an Air Traffic Controller, he has different smarts. Smarts I could never have.

Some smarts seem to be more beneficial than others, don’t they? Those who we truly revere as intelligent were the Math and Science smart in school. Doctors. Scientists. Engineers. They were born with synapses firing in their left brains, and with a little nurturing along the way, their brains became brilliant.

So, if you are a writer or a creative person, how do you reconcile your smarts? Just like anyone else. You have to understand who you are and what your kind of intelligence can do for you. Then you have to work hard and have a little faith. Then you will live happily ever after and make lots of money. What, you don’t believe me? Well, I’m writing this blog, so I get to come up with the ending.

Am I jealous of the Math and Science smarties? Maybe a little. But then again, I wouldn’t trade writing and a little creativity any day. It’s where I feel smart.

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