To make up for it, here are some links to my facebook albums that I've posted of my little vacation:
- A walk in the woods at Valley Falls, WV
- A train ride on the New Tygart Flyer in WV
- Laurel Caverns, PA
- A few pictures from Fort Necessity, PA
Anyway, I realized something last week when my parents were here. When I was young, I was very creative. If you asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, after I realized that vets have to put animals to sleep, I wanted to be an artist, mainly a sculptor. I just loved creating something out of a hunk of clay. I was very right-brained. While I could do math and was good with language, I excelled at most creative endeavors.
But somewhere in my 30's until today, I've lost almost all of my creativity. I've become seemingly much more left-brained. I am much more analytical (I wasn't at all when I was younger). Also, I have come to realize is I just don't really care much about art anymore. I have developed a fondness for exacting and correct information. I love the facts. I don't even enjoy reading fiction anymore. Now I love nonfiction (which I hated in my younger years) and find a book about science to be a most interesting and compelling read.
I still like to take pictures, but now it's to document nature. Before it was to be artistic and tell a story. I have no desire to do art anymore, and would probably cover my walls in something that was practical (like cork!) so that I could use them more efficiently, instead of any art or decoration, if Butch, my long-suffering husband would let me.
Butch says I'm still creative, but I looked at the pictures he took last weekend, and the ones I took. His are beautiful, with a great use of lines, and are very artistic. Mine are merely trying to capture the scene to share it, or to record a moment for later. While I know all about the Golden Ratio (the Rule of Thirds) and am still very sensitive to color (I used to restore old photographs), I didn't think to take the kinds of pictures that he did.
I disagree with Butch. I care much more about logic, reason, skepticism, science and the scientific method than I ever did before. It's what I'm passionate about now. Whereas in my youth up to my 20's, I was passionate about creating art, and reveled in the supernatural. I was very emotional, and not rational in the slightest.
What do you think? Is there something to this? Do people change from right-brained to left or vice versa? Is that common? Have you gone through such a transformation or do you know someone who has? Or is this unusual? I have no idea. I'll have to ask around among my friends, but I'd love to hear your thoughts!