2 In Thoughts & Observations

Apparently I Have a Rube Goldberg Mind

Today I find myself rehashing one of my most prevalent inner debates:  Does everyone else’s mind meander through random, free-flowing thoughts through the course of each day?  Or do most people stay on a focused track, processing tasks and ideas in a linear fashion?

I can never really declare a winner in this debate.  Sometimes I catch glimpses of “sameness” between my inner-flowerchild and everyone else.  The post from Kristen Lamb that I shared on Monday about obsessive tendencies resonated with me, made me feel not so alone.  And other writers tell me the voices in my head are perfectly normal and I don’t require medication.  So, on one side, yeah…I think I’m not so abnormal.

Abby Normal

Abby Normal

Then I catch other people casting glances at me from the corner of their eye, a perplexed wrinkled in the center of their brow.  I can envision a little cartoon bubble above their head, “Has she lost her ever-lovin’ mind?” Or the ever-popular, “I’m sorry, I thought we were talking about something else.”  When I catch these looks, I add another stone to the opposite side of the she’s-an-odd-bird scale.

My life reflects my random thought process.

One time at a job interview, a hiring manager told me, “I have to say, your resume is one of the few I’ve actually read from top to bottom.  It’s…interesting.”  I think he was being polite:

  • Writer
  • Radio DJ (Multiple formats, naturally.  Everything from hard rock to country.)
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Skip Tracer
  • Debt Collector
  • Business Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • IT Manager
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Singer/Songwriter

I probably left a few things out and I haven’t hit fifty yet.

Then today at lunch, a friend of mine posted a youtube video that sums up so much about how my life feels:

So, tell me.  Is this how your mind/life works?  Or have you found a way to cut out all the mousetraps?  Do you WANT to cut out all the mousetraps?

I think I’m a bit of both–hellbent on getting across the finish line one minute, then opting for a mousetrap approach the next.  Either way, getting there is half the fun.

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  • Reply
    Coleen Burright
    April 4, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    That video was fun, fun, fun to watch! Adult-sized mousetrap! How could you not love it?

    • Reply
      April 5, 2013 at 5:01 am

      I know! All I could think was, “I wouldn’t want to have to start over.”

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