Happy Monday y’all!
What better day than today to talk about brainless activities, right?
I love brainless activities. You know the kind I’m talking about. Washing dishes, folding clothes, vacuuming…the never ending story of a mama or just plain life. The mundane. Life is in the mundane. I try not to think about it too much or I’d hyperventilate. But back to the brainless activities. I never realized how much I LOVED them or would miss them until I had kids.
You see, during those times where I’m engaging in activities that do not require brain power, my mind runs. Freedom! This way, that way. Rushing, flying, gone. Processing events, goals, life, problems, story problems, but I’m not actually “thinking” about it. Does that make sense? And you know what? Some of my best ideas have jumped out at me during those times. I’d be stuck on some problematic scene in my book, and bam! Problem solved.
Even author Nadine Brandes noticed the need for thinking and how it ties into our creativity. Not that we don’t think, but her blog post from last week ties into the whole brainless activities topic. We need to take the time to be. Not just do, do, do all while worrying over the past or the future. But to sit and think. Although, I don’t think I could just sit…I’d fall asleep. Ha! This might explain why I’m mixing up calendar dates, creating havoc for my family, and things slipping through my mind like slippery fish. But I still have my jar of marbles! Handy little thing, isn’t it? Can’t say that I’m losing them, now can I? Ha.
But being able to just let the mind process and get lost in the brainless activities is refreshing, relaxing. I get all sorts of awesome ideas
…like this blog post for one. And I take forever to process stuff, and being able to be brainless for a while, it helps. Ha! Not the mama fog or the zombie kind either.
And then I had kids.
You cannot be brainless when you have kids, especially if you have a spitfire monkey and the energizer bunny bouncing off the walls and couches and trying to kill each other over a toy who neither wanted until the other thought the other wanted it. Then its world war three. OR worse yet, complete silence…
So while I’m doing my once brainless activities, I’m listening. My ears are now radars. I am searching, collecting, shifting, and cataloging the sounds I hear. That scream? No, didn’t sound too bad; I’ll let them work it out. Another scream…THAT one sounded like pain. I probably should intervene. Did I mention the more recent brainwave snatching sound? Mom, mom, mom, mom…hey, mom, mom, mom, mom…
And that’s when I realized I missed my brainless activities
and my sanity.
So there are times I tell my hubby just take the kids outside or get them ready for bed while I wash dishes. Finally silence! Brain is free to run! And then that’s when my kids want to help me wash dishes. I’m trying not to scream inside. No please, I need not to think for an hour. Don’t get me wrong. I want them to help. I love that they want to help.
But my sanity! So…sometimes I let them help.
So what say you? Do you find yourself longing for those moments of brainless activity? Or am I off in left field? Maybe it’s because I’ve got several worlds swirling around in my head. Characters I have yet to introduce y’all too; stories and adventures to share with you all. Ugh, can’t write fast enough!
Hope you have a great week!