I have synesthesia, a condition in which my brain perceives certain letters or numbers associated with particular colors. For example, the letter E is light blue, the letter M is purple, and the number 7 is yellow. You probably read the words “I have synesthesia” with no colors involved. However, when I read those words, I saw “I have synesthesia.” The interesting thing about my brain’s perception phenomenon though, is that I can control whether or not I see letters and numbers in color. I could see them as it is in the real world, or I can choose to see according to my own color scheme. It’s like flipping a switch from black and white to color tv.
The days when I choose to use my color abilities are drastically different from the days I choose not to. For one, it is less mentally draining when I choose not to. Think of how many letters and numbers there are all around you 24/7. Now imagine all of those symbols being colors. It’s like having 50,000 rainbows invading your brain. The second difference is my mood. Even though it is more exhausting, when I choose to see colors I find myself in a more optimistic state of mind. The colors bring a different level of energy, passion, and feeling.
Why should I make the choice to see the world in a more positive way? It seems like an obvious question, but is it really? Does being positive outweigh the effortlessness of negativity?
Negativity has the crippling effect of narrowing your mindset. Remember the worst fight you’ve ever had with someone. Remember how your emotions completely overtook you and your body fell victim to outright powerlessness? Verbiage control: gone. Physical control: gone. Emotional control: gone. That’s the incredible potential of negative emotions. They close you off from the world, limit your abilities, and inhibit your mind from seeing other options. It’s human nature to react in that way as a survival instinct. You shut down mentally in order to focus on surviving physically. However, being in that state of negativity all the time has horrible repercussions to the mind. We all have that one person in our life who constantly complains about everything but does nothing about their situation. They’re so enveloped in their negativity they can’t seem to make anything out of their problem. For them, it seems there is no possible solution, as their mind is so closed off from the opportunities in front of them. It’s easy to be negative, because it’s hard to fight human nature when life throws you uncomfortable emotions.
I believe that the first thing to accomplish in a healthy lifestyle is a positive mind set, because with a positive mindset comes a more open mindset. A positive mind is more receptive to the knowledge and criticism necessary to grow as a person. A positive mind cherishes the little things in life, and a positive mind finds it easier to discover solutions. It is the first step to finding harmony.
Over time, I’ve learned that I don’t actually need to see all those colors to feel more optimistic, all I need is to make the choice to feel more optimistic. As soon as I made the independent choice of deciding to look at the world with an optimistic viewpoint, my self-motivation increased and my options seemed to broaden. Once you start to see the power of positivity, it’s hard to stop, with or without 50,000 rainbows.