I learned what cognition meant in 6th grade. It was the theme for the year and I was a part of the GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) Program that encouraged us to think uniquely. The word has stuck with me since then.
If you look it up on google, you’ll find out that it means the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses. Not all that exciting or mind-blowing when you read the definition.
What did it mean to me as 12 year old and continue to mean for so long? It validated my love for people watching, observing things, and my insatiable curiosity. I was always wondering what my purpose in life was, and what was the point to it all. My thoughts carried a strange depth that was often pointed out to me. The word, cognition, slowly began to mean more and more to me.
Today, cognition is the drive behind wanting to write words that connect people and thoughts. Cognition is a safe place to explore one’s mind and understand oneself better. Cognition is a place where I share what I’m learning about the world, and my own life. Cognition believes in self care and taking care of your own mental health.
Cognition means freedom to me. It’s poetry, art, experiences, everything under the sun. Join me.
“To express yourself needs a reason, but expressing yourself is the reason.” – Ai Weiwei