It is said that Mathematics is the only absolute truth. I liked Math in High School. I liked that I could come up with a solution and then test that solution to see if it was correct. For kicks, I've been doing some Quadratic Equations today. Partially to see if I can still do them (I can...quite well actually), and also to connect to that part of the universe that is calculable.
There's very few other areas in life that are so clearly defined. I cannot cross check my ideas about life to see if they're correct. There is no universal answer key to indicate whether my line of thinking or being is going to bring me the desired response.
Math for me was a very stimulus-response activity. Once you know the formulas involved, you can respond to the question in a systematic way. You don't have to re-invent the wheel each time out. Back in Grade 12, when the brain blip was well under way, I dropped out of Math class around the time we started learning to solve complex triangles and prove the relationships between various triangles. Somehow, my brain could not process beyond solving the basic triangles. I could not abstract the concrete angle values to see the relationships between objects. And I wonder what that says about my brain/life at the time. Any guesses? I need some help on this one.
Edited to add: Okay, I lied. As the Quadratic Equations are getting more difficult, my brain is doing a WTF?! Wow, I really want to learn how to do this stuff again.