Our logic and creative capacities need to develop together in order for our mind to continue to grow.

“A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?” —Einstein

Before college, education often emphasizes on literature, mathematics, history, science, generally all subjects that train the left side of the brain — the logical brain. I loved art in high school, but I didn’t receive the same amount of training on the subject as math or writing skills. My first day at an art college, I was deeply inspired: To be able to do art all day everyday, I began to notice I could focus, memorize and analyze much clearer on subjects that I usually had trouble with back in my high school years. I’ve always been slow, distracted and mediocre at grades up until before college. I began to form a hypothesis on this matter: Art makes my brain more capable and logical than analytical subjects could.

When I learned that Einstein played violin, my theory gained ground. Could it be true that my analytical and attention capacity couldn’t advance because my creative brain weren’t exercised with equal intensity? Einstein’s work is extremely logical, and yet he plays an instrument to develop the creative side of the brain in order to allow his logical side of the brain to thrive; it is a perfect marriage. Basing on that belief, after I’ve graduated, I’m doing the experiment the other way around since now that I’m more creatively trained. As an artist, I used to research other artists’ work for my artistic inspiration; it’s an economical method but certainly not an innovative one. Borrowing my belief, I started reading subjects outside of creative fields such as psychology, economy, politics, religion while engaging in analytical activities such as educational games, philosophical debates, and blogging. As it turns out, I was correct. I became more confident in thinking outside of the box now that I have rational boundaries, and I’m more prone in giving depth and reasons behind my creative work rather than just pursuing self expressions.

With the latter experiment, I can now conclude that that if your work is analytical, you need a creative hobby. If you’re an artist, adopt a cognitive training activity as a hobby like chess. If you’re an outgoing person, learn solitudes. If you’re a man of reason, learn spirituality. Most importantly, as a 21th century human, we all need to exercise to keep a clear head all year round. I’m certain logic and creativity need to develop together in order to expand our potential for continuous growth.