Driving on the Right Side of the Brain

My commute to DDA is approximately 2 hours (1 hour and 50 minutes if traffic is on my side). I believe I can probably drive this commute in my sleep and often times during my drive, I have to stop and think at what stage of my commute I am at. This morning’s commute was an interesting one. While driving, I began to see signs for Dorney Park, which is not normal, and low and behold a roller coaster appeared in the distance. Yep, I drove right by my exit to get onto 476 south from 78 east and went right on through towards New Jersey and Dorney Park. Woohoo! I was tempted to call in sick and spend the day eating snow cones and funnel cake, but decided to turn around and get back on track.

How did this happen? Well, I like to think of it in terms of right brain vs. left brain capabilities. In a previous life, I taught basic drawing and illustration classes to a group of students pursuing their associates degree in graphic design. My book of choice to lead us through this class was “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” by Betty Edwards. This book has proven to me and my students that drawing is indeed a teachable, learnable skill. And for all you skeptics out there I would love to prove you wrong. The basic premise of the book is that by quieting the verbal and analytical side of your brain, the left side, and allowing your non-verbal and intuitive side of your brain, the right side, to essentially take over, you can begin “seeing” things we see everyday in a new non-verbal way that is easily converted from sight to paper.

So, while I was listening to music, focusing on the beautiful day, and basically “zoning” out, as we all have done while driving, I missed my exit. My right side of my brain thought (non-verbally, of course), “It’s such a beautiful day, keep driving and observe the scenery.” My left brain obviously was taking a nap.