Lately I’ve been waking up with one sock on and one sock off. Usually it’s my left foot that ends up sockless, while the sock on my right foot seems perfectly in place. When this happens, I get up and go about my morning routine while walking around the house wearing only one sock because, apparently, it takes too much time to remove the one I’m still wearing. What annoys me most about this scenario is then, when it comes time to make the bed, I end up searching through a sea of blankets until I locate the missing sock. If I can’t locate it within thirty seconds, I give up, make the bed and go about my day only to find a bunch of unpaired socks wrapped up in the sheets on laundry day. First World problems, I know.
Most people wouldn’t spend much time thinking about something so trivial, but I’m not most people. One night as I was trying to fall asleep (with both socks on) I started wondering what the hell am I doing in my sleep to make this happen? Is my left foot getting warmer than my right foot? Are both feet getting hot, but I’m too lazy to pull off both socks? Does the dog pull it off because my feet are constantly disrupting her sleep? Or, am I randomly pulling it off because my subconscious is trying to tell me something? It could be none of these things, or it could be all of them, who really knows. But, because I like to think of life as one giant metaphor, I think there’s something deeper going on here.
Just for fun, let’s suppose my feet represent the vastly different sides of my brain—the left brain and the right brain. Left-brained people are said to be more analytical and logical. They’re good with numbers, facts and analyzing data. And, did you know that the left side of the brain has more neurons than the right? It’s true, but before you go about thinking left-brained people are smarter, that’s not necessarily the case. Right-brained people tend to be more creative, intuitive and have a knack for the arts. The right side of the brain is what allows us to see the world in three dimensions, and without that we’d all just be flat pieces of paper floundering aimlessly through life without hope, inspiration or purpose.
Clearly I fall in the right brain category. I like to think visually, I love being creative and I’m definitely a daydreamer. Numbers don’t compute well in my head and logic is sometimes completely lost on me altogether. Still, I do have a knack for retaining certain facts, and song lyrics seem to stick in my head for really long periods of time, yet I can’t remember what I ate for lunch yesterday. It’s weird how the mind works.
Now, you might be wondering what the hell my point is to all of this, and believe it or not, I do have one, so here it is—we all go through life sometimes with one sock on and one sock off. It’s called being human. Life is all about stuffing information in our heads and figuring out how to use it. Some of us are better at it than others, but deep down we’re all just trying to keep our feet warm while moving them in a positive direction down an unknown path. No matter what side of our brains we use to do the most thinking, we all tend to interpret things differently. The trick is knowing how to bridge the gap between knowledge and interpretation and using all of that “stuff” in a useful way to make the world a better place. We don’t always succeed, but it’s the trying that counts.
Maybe waking up with one sock on and one sock off means absolutely nothing, or maybe it’s life’s way of telling me I need to nurture my creative side by keeping it warm and cozy, and my analytical side needs to breath because the engines are running too hot. I doubt I’ll ever really know, but sometimes it’s less about knowing and more about taking the hint. It’s this very reason why we can’t seem to survive without love, but we hate the idiotic things we do because of it.
So, if you’re like me and you like to sleep with your socks on, remember this the next time you wake up wearing only one—the elastic in your left sock is shot, you should probably buy new socks, or just stop wearing them when you sleep because the pile of unpaired socks on top of your dryer is getting out of control, either way you’re welcome (and thanks for reading).
P.S. … Winona Ryder is clearly right brained.