This post is really about vulnerability. I am putting myself out there to help people understand my brain. So, don't laugh at me! Okay, just kidding. You can totally laugh at me. Because I laughed at me.
Math is a concept that I am good at if I work at it. I always made good grades in math. But it DOES NOT come naturally to me. Here is a story that helps illustrated how my mind does not naturally do math.
I was working on an assessment for work. I had asked my client when her parents were born. She could tell me their birthdays and how old they were, but not their birth dates. So, as I was typing, I was trying to figure out their birth dates. One of her parents was close to my mother's age, so I started by subtracting a year close to my mom's from 2013. Then, because it was just a few years off, I quickly came up with her mother's birth date. So, then I had to work toward her father's birth date. He was significantly older than her mother. I again picked a random year and subtracted it from 2013. Not the right age. So, I picked another year, and subtracted it. Still not right. I did this about three times before I realized that I could subtract his age from 2013 to get his birth date. If you're not following this post very well, I was doing the math completely backward, creating a lot more work for myself, and didn't realize it for several minutes.
And that's how my brain on math works, folks!
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