For years and years now, a furious battle has raged between Heart and Brain. Heart, being the weaker one, is armed only with intuition. His decisions involve a huge factor of risk. Heart is emotional. He is selfless. But every move he makes, brings him one step closer to happiness; one step closer to his dreams. Brain however, is armed with practical thinking. He doesn’t think about happiness. He is selfish. To Brain, success is the most important thing, even at the cost of his own happiness. Brain almost always wins, because that is how this story goes. But occasionally, Heart tastes victory- the real happiness that is going to last him an eternity.
The battle takes place inside all of us. Every little decision we make is a battle raging inside of our heads. No matter how right the heart is, the brain always wins. And why wouldn’t the brain win? In a world where emotions are considered a weakness, we have learnt to allow the brain to win for the greater good. The brain often gives us solution that involve very minute risk and the promise of success. The decisions that involve the heart are often based on risk and uncertainty. Nobody wants to take that kind of a risk anymore.
“A ship is always safe at the shore- but that is not what it is built for.”
Part of the reason why people have stopped following their hearts is that they all want to succeed. I think that more people need to follow their hearts. Trust your intuition, for it will always be the best guide on your road to success. Don’t listen to what people say, like, “Your heart is stupid, it will ruin you!” The heart never ruins anything for anybody. It is just a common notion that emotions can make you weak. Emotions are human, and that’s just what we all are. A person without emotions might just as well be a wall or a rock.
Don’t worry about the criticism. It’s just what jobless people do anyway! We hear a lot of “people talk.” You know what, I would really like to meet these people who love to talk. And then there are the others who make it their job to know everything about everyone. Well, Lord Voldemort lost his nose because he couldn’t mind his own business! Think about it, guys. Who do you think has a better decision making power over your life- you, or the people who remind you how you should be?
“Sometimes, the heart speaks and the brain does not understand the language.”
You- and you alone know what is best for yourself. It might involve a few minor risks. But what is life without a few risks? You cannot avoid them anyway. I’m not saying that taking risks all the time is the smart thing to do, because there are times when taking a risk is completely out of the question. But then, there are times when taking a leap of faith is exactly what we all need. Nothing feels better than the happiness you get when you take a risk and the result turns out to be wonderful- sometimes, even better than what you expected!
As for the heart and the brain, they are constantly fighting each other. The brain might give you practical, logical solutions to your problems and tell you what you should do. But the heart makes you question the brain. It makes you wonder if what you should do and what you want to do are the same thing. The heart often tells you want you want to do. It isn’t selfish if you do what you want to do, every once in a while. No matter how many people tell you that it is selfish to make things about yourself, it really isn’t. Sometimes, it is just about doing things that you know are best for for you.
“Sometimes to change a situation you are in requires you to take a giant leap. But, you won’t be able to fly unless you are willing to transform.”
–Suzy Kassem, Rise Up And Salute The Sun: The Writings Of Suzy Kassem
There are no right ways to end the battle between the heart and the brain. But if we could just listen to the heart more often, and not let the brain have its way all the time, we would all be happier. And do you know what the main problem is? We continue to deny what our heart wants, just because we are scared to admit it to ourselves. How can we trust our own instincts if we constantly deny them? How can we ever have a clear head if we keep hiding our own true feelings from ourselves? It’s never too late to start accepting what our hearts want, and I say we start listening to our hearts more often.
I’m pretty sure that I’m not the only one caught up in this incessant battle between logic and dreams. There are so many people who need to start answering when their dreams call out to them. If what people say is the only thing holding you back, remind yourself that they are not the ones walking in your shoe, you are. Whether you walk on the road to your dreams, or jog, or even run- wearing boots, or high heels, or trainers- is up to you. Don’t let people tell you how to walk on your own personalized road to your dreams! Own that road.
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