When and where do I my best thinking? In the bathroom? Definitely not; being on the throne does not dispose me to be my most creative; and besides, I’d rather be #1 than #2 — sorry, couldn’t resist! 🙂 Scratch the bathtub/shower, too; Archimedes, I’m not; and I would never get so carried away with an idea, no matter how earthshaking, that I would involuntarily streak through the streets announcing to one and all the greatest thing since sliced bread or the wheel. Plus, if someone heard me and got the idea patented first, I’d never let myself hear the end of it.
While running? Nah. I would be thinking about the pounding my feet would be taking, the thinness of oxygen in my lungs, and how much time it would take for the stomach cramps to subside. (Funny how I can play a couple hours of tennis or badminton without complaint, but three minutes of jogging will have me gasping like a fish out of water).
On the bus? I haven’t taken a bus since the Skytrain’s latest addition, the Canada Line, was launched in 2009, so that scenario is unlikely. It was a fun trip, by the way–courtesy of a Transit Multi-Pass that only required trading in a very old clunker of a, but still serviceable and driveable, car.
Just before bed, or first thing in the morning? Unfortunately, it’s just before I get to bed. Which is also the worst time for the creative spark to occur. Why do I think that is? Well, it’s not been scientifically proven, but I’ve observed that my brain only has room for 3-5 trains of thought during the day. Night time should have every single passenger disembarking, but there is always at least one train that goes above and beyond its regular schedule. Sometimes that train, with its contingent of passengers, worms its way into my dreams too. That is the train with the brightest idea.
However, in the morning, that idea may not shine as brightly as it did, 6 hours (8, if I’m lucky) before. But sometimes it does. I might even build on it further, on the daily commute.
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