As a visual and kinesthetic learner, I can understand concepts best by seeing them laid out in front of me, or by experiencing them myself.
I always hated math, for instance, because the teacher would always talk out the instructions for solving a problem rather than letting use try the problems ourselves or mapping them out to show how they are solved that way and why. During class I’d scramble to work out the steps of an algebra problem myself while keeping up with my notes at the same time. For me, thinking is doing. Thinking is diving in the pool to learn how to swim. It’s tackling something head-on.
So that’s why in today’s creativity class, I was excited when we learned how you can approach situations through movement. How we go about our day, how we get from Point A to Point B, varies differently from person to person. Some of us wander around, meandering and taking time before arriving at the destination. Others, like me, go as straight and quickly as possible, with one goal in mind and one best way of achieving it.
Except, as I realized today in class, there is not one best way of getting from Point A to Point B.
Sometimes you have more time. Sometimes you can choose to go a different path from the same one you take every time. Sometimes you can let yourself stop overthinking things, and just let yourself wander wherever until it’s absolutely necessary to get where you’re supposed to go.
Sometimes Point B isn’t what you thought it was, and you find yourself arriving somewhere else along the way.
Sometimes meandering feels foolish and a waste of time, but then once you do it, you feel more relaxed and free to make new discoveries.
Movement is not just about the workout you get from aerobics, or the applause I get from stage performances, or the satisfaction of hitting the tennis ball back to your partner. It’s about experiencing something in a different way, and seeing how your actions and motions change both the environment around you and your perspective of it.
It’s about meandering.