I’m a planner. I tend to live in the future. Lee Anne typically lives in present. It’s one of the things I love about her. The big adventure has required a lot of moving parts and we have divided up responsibilities. It has created some tension around our house. On the day of our departure, it has been a whirlwind of emotions and got me thinking about how I’m feeling and why.
As the days have now turned to hours, I’ve felt confident, anxious, ready and unsteady. Some of these emotions have come in the same day or even hour. Our emotions are chemical reactions of the amygdala, in the temporal region of the brain. Logic, of course, comes from the cerebral cortex of the brain. Unchecked, the amygdala can overtake the brain giving us that feeling of helplessness to control how we are feeling. We find ourselves unable to “think straight” when stress comes in and emotions run high. This is the amygdala in full force.
I think this is where meditation and prayer can really help. It seems I’ve been doing more and more of both lately. The good news is I have been able to recognize these emotions and deal with them in a positive way. There is a reason for the phrase “count to ten”. It helps.
My temporal lobe is going to get a major workout in the days and weeks (and months!) to come as we travel. It’s normal to feel the emotions we are feeling. It’s up to us to make it a positive.