I Just Don't See It

I grew up with two visual learners. They confused me a lot in my early years by asking me what I saw in my head. I thought them a bit crazy, until my mom heard about different learning styles. She immediately recognized me as an auditory learner; and I am. Through and through. This knowledge drastically altered my parents’ approach to helping me with homework and talking to me about life. I needed to hear EVERYTHING (and that’s not an exaggeration; I can’t see pictures in my head unless someone paints a brilliant word picture directly tied to something I have seen before).

Watch a movie with me that I have never seen before and if I enjoyed it, I will practically be able to quote the whole thing to you afterward. I probably won’t be able to tell you much at all about the visual aspects of it. I think this is perhaps why I am so completely intrigued by my husband’s work in the visual arts. He tells stories through videos and pictures that I just wouldn’t see. I love getting to watch him do that; I’m also learning a lot from his work.

My parents gave me the tools I needed to find confidence in my learning style. Rather than try to force me to think as they do, they helped me embrace my own identity. Now, my husband encourages me to maintain that identity while also embracing the visual arts. Such things as Facebook and Instagram bring to light my lack of comfort with creativity in the matter of visual design. I look around me and fail to see photographic opportunity all the time, yet with David’s help, my confidence grows that I may find those opportunities more and more readily as I seek them.

I struggle to draw pictures with my words when I write because I fail to see the image in my head, so this exercise aids my writing. Still, I wonder how others see the world. Each of us experiences everything around us in a different way, even when we learn the same way. David also learns by hearing, yet he transitions to visual representations far more easily than I do. So, tell me (or show me) how you see (feel, hear) the world around you.