Sunday, October 14, 2012

Thinking Throne

I've always read people say that they think better in the shower.

I found myself nodding in agreement, but if I'll be completely honest with myself, it's truer for me while i'm on the toilet...

Am I the only one who's like this? Chances are no, but it would be a relief (nudge nudge) to have someone actually confirm it instead of me assuming and inevitably doubting my judgement as I usually do. Obviously the artist of this beautiful piece feels the same way, but well, I mean... He's kind of my brother.

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BTW thank you to Jaro for the image. Used without permission. What can I say. That's what big sisters are for.

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Just minutes ago I was on the *ehem* think throne and was having an epiphany or something. And as always, after the deed is done and I've flushed and exited, most of the thoughts get somewhat flushed down the toilet, along with my lunch.

I think it's got something to do with my surroundings blocking the ideas. As soon as I exit my bathroom I'm met with dozens of things to do inside my room. There's papers on the floor, the printer and my dying laptop, some dirty mugs or saucers, a guitar, ... you get the idea.

I keep hopping from one idea to the next.

I wouldn't be so sad if I always get to replace the ideas with better ones or ones that are just as good, but unfortunately, I don't get the same feeling of brilliance that I do when I come up with things while on the toilet. It's kind of the reason why I use my bathroom wall tiles as a whiteboard. It's a useful idea board because going to the toilet makes me think.

Maybe it's somehow sensory-ly UNDERwhelming to be on the toilet? Stuck there until the poop's been a-poopened? Gretchen Rubin talks about this technique in her book where she "imprisons" herself to her desk when she needs to get work done. She makes herself believe that she can't go anywhere else until it's finished. Maybe the fact that when you poop, you're pinned to the seat until you finish (unless you're THAT much of a nonconformist) builds a vacuum of activity or sensory absorption that lets new thoughts come through?

PS: Concept for this post had came to me -you guessed it- while I was on the toilet.

1 comment:

  1. I can't say great ideas come to me on the throne because for some reason I poop really fast! And that doesn't leave a lot of time for me to ponder.

    I wish I could be like writers who mentally chain themselves to their desk and work. Except I would have to mentally attach myself to the vacuum cleaner to do my work.