How the Fibonacci Number Helped Solve My Mind’s Conundrum

Photo Credit: Sturch Photography

Photo Credit: Sturch Photography

I am middle-brained for the most part, which means that I use my emotional right brain and logical left brain equally. Although I lean ever so slightly more to the left. In fact, the way my left brain is so analytical and methodical frustrates me sometimes.

I tend to approach life as one big math equation and the situations I’m in are variables that I have to solve for (and get an A+ in, by the way). When I ask friends for advice, it often unsettles me when they can’t give me some sort of blueprint to follow. But my right brain tells me that life can’t be that rigid and structured. But can it?

Sometime in grade school, we all learned about the Fibonacci number, also closely connected to The Golden Ratio, discovered by Italian mathematician Leonardo Pisano Bigolio aka Fibonacci in 1202. (It was said to have been documented in earlier years.) For those of you who need their memory rekindled, the integer sequence consists of the sum of the previous two integers. The starting point is usually 0 and 1 or 1 and 1. So 1+1=2, then 2+1=3, then 3+2=5, then 5+3=8, and so on.

When drawn out in geometry, this creates a pattern that can be found in nature such as nautilus shells, sunflowers, artichokes, leaves, pine cones, hurricanes, ocean waves, etc. This incredible phenomenon of nature’s precision not only fascinates me, it also comforts me. It comforts me to know that these different organic elements, from a minuscule snail shell to a massive hurricane cloud, can have something so…non-organic in common.

Not to mention, the Fibonacci number is also present in art. Ever heard of the Rule of Thirds? So if there can be a formula to the organic, what if there really is a formula to life?

It makes me wonder whether the things that seem organic are not entirely organic. That there is literally a method to the existent madness in this world and the universe. That’s what scientists, mathematicians, sociologists, anthropologists, and the like try to prove anyway, right?

Now to let my right brain speak, I guess we’ll never really know and it’s probably for the betterment of humanity that we don’t know that one big math equation to life. But we can still go about living our lives with whatever calculated formulas we like. We just have to keep in mind that the outcomes may be different or unexpected because life is a very complex variable.

Perhaps just like the Fibonacci number, we’re meant to use formulaic approaches to help us find the beauty in life as we look forward to the hopeful outcomes our actions may bring us tomorrow.

About Ronnell Morris

Ronnell is the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of NWYT. She is a copywriter by day, a performer by night, and a triathlete by weekend. She loves Disney, musicals, eating, YouTube videos, list-making, and the colors pink and gray too much for her own good. See All of Ronnell's Posts

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