Am I the only one whose brain doesn’t seem to have an off switch?
This Buzzfeed article seemed too perfect not to post: https://www.buzzfeed.com/mrloganrhoades/the-struggles-of-having-a-brain-that-wont-shut-off?utm_term=.tr7pqlYoDQ#.xojJ1lawkE
Being naturally introverted, I definitely don’t mind spending some time by myself. It gives me time to unwind, reflect, and think about things away from the distractions of the rest of the world. However, my husband would tell you I’m dangerous when left alone. One night he might come home to find that I found a new workout routine or recipe to try while the next night he might come home to find that I’ve created a proposal for why we should buy all of the world’s orphaned dogs. You just never know what you’re going to get when I have a few hours to think up some ideas. This is a pretty great example of the thoughts that run through my head 24/7:
- “What should we have for dinner? Hm maybe chicken and potatoes? No, how about steak and broccoli…”
- “Why does broccoli smell so bad? What if it makes our entire house smell for like a week?”
- “Omg what if it makes our couch smell so bad that we just have to burn the couch and buy a new one?!”
- “Okay chicken and potatoes it is.”
- “Did I do my laundry for the week yet?
- “DANGIT I didn’t. Now I’m going to have to wear the same outfit that I wore last Thursday. My boss is totally going to know I repeated outfits.”
- “She’s totally going to fire me because she thinks I look like a slob.”
- “Welp, looks like I’m staying up until midnight tonight to do my laundry.”
- “If I go to bed at midnight tonight I’ll only get 6.54 hours of sleep.”
- “UGH now it’s 1:30 AM….now I’ll only get 5.24 hours of sleep!! How will I function tomorrow?!”
- “You know what, I haven’t tracked my meals for the day yet. I’m definitely going to gain 5 lbs if I miss one day of tracking my meals!”
- “I should write a bullet journal about my feelings.”
- “Okay now it’s 3 AM!!!! I might as well just take a nap at this point because I’m the worst and can’t plan my time well.”
- “Did I forget to call my mom? She’s going to kill me. Let me just lay here and think about the things I need to remember to tell her tomorrow.”
- “Has anyone created something that writes down your dreams while you sleep? I should really invent that.”
This could go on for hours, but I’ll spare you. My constantly “on” brain is one of my greatest strengths and greatest weaknesses. I’m always coming up with new ideas to try out during my daily life, but I also have a hard time committing to just one of those ideas. I have a bunch of interests, but my biggest pet peeve with society is that it tries to make me choose just one of those interests to pursue daily. If I could be a part-time baker, part-time etsy crafter, part-time physical therapist, part-time blogger, part-time Disney attractions vlogger, part-time Ben and Jerry’s flavor taster, that would be the BEST. Okay, so I probably can’t do all of that at once. But who’s to say that I can’t pursue a couple of my interests? Maybe, just maybe, it’s a possibility. For now, I’ll keep thinking up new thoughts and dreaming up new dreams. I never consider myself a “finished product.” Everything in life needs to evolve and improve with time.
As a Disney nerd, this reminds me of a quote by Walt Disney that I love, “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.”
So just insert “I” in place of “Disneyland” and voila–my thoughts exactly!
For anyone else out there like me, use your never resting brain to your advantage. Though it may keep you up some nights, it might just let you become the very best version of yourself and give you new things to aspire to be/do every day!
Until next time, keep on the sunny side.