Simply the Best

Prompt: When and where do you do your best thinking? In the bathroom? While running? Just before bed, or first thing in the morning? On the bus? Why do you think that is?

Oof. This one is tough because there really isn’t a specific ‘when‘ so to speak. Instead, I do my best thinking whenever I’m doing something that…doesn’t require active concentration. In the shower? Yep. While meal prepping? Yep. Waiting for my partner to make decisions at the home improvement store? You got it.

Now that I’m thinking back on it though- when I was younger my best thinking always happened while doing puzzles. Unfortunately for me, I can’t hop back into puzzles just yet because: a) I used to do thousand piece ones, and b) I now have two cats keeping me in retirement.

My only theory on why my best thinking happens in these situations is because I’m running on autopilot…So I can let my mind wander without feeling unproductive?

I don’t know if it’s a solid theory, but it’s all I’ve got.

A Source of Anxiety

Prompt: Write about a noise — or even a silence — that won’t go away. (We’ll let you interpret this in different ways…)

The first thing to come to mind when I read this prompt was The Neighborhood’s “Afraid”. Specifically the lyrics, “When I wake up, I’m afraid somebody else might take my place”

For me it’s a silent presence. Technically in my mind, yet always feels as if it’s looming over my shoulder. It’s a constant reminder of shortcomings in friendships past and how others can decide it’s in their best interest to move forward without you.

It’s a conglomeration of anxieties and insecurities.

Over time I’ve learned to manage, but of course there are always certain people and situations which cause it to rise with full strength. I know it will never truly go away- I just hope the silence will begin to fade.

artist: @artoshtu

Inside the Actor’s Studio

Prompt: On the interview show Inside the Actors’ Studio, host James Lipton asks each of his guests the same ten questions (you’ll find them below). What are your responses?

What is your favorite word? Tartle or Uitwaaien…or Oyster
What is your least favorite word? Meh
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? Music
What turns you off? Bad breath
What is your favorite curse word? Fuck
What sound or noise do you love? Singing bowls
What sound or noise do you hate? High pitched squealing from cars
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Voice acting
What profession would you not like to do? Politics
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Nothing.


In case you were wondering about the first two words, below are rough translations:

Tartle – the act of hesitating while introducing someone because you’ve forgotten their name

Uitwaaien – to go out in windy weather, particularly into nature or a park, in order to refresh and clear one’s mind

Yackety-Yak: Life Stages

It’s safe to say marriage is considered a major life milestone, right?

Um…yeah? I’d say so. For those who value it, at least.

Right…

Why?

Sometimes I get anxious. Not in the, I’m having second thoughts way or anything. It’s more, Getting married is a major life mark and I’m suddenly reminded of my own mortality

This is…not the direction I thought we were headed in.

I know, right?

I don’t think it’s out of left field though. I mean, your biggest fear is death and while milestones are traditionally great…

-They also traditionally bring us closer to death.

It can be bittersweet.

In many ways, I think it is.

Pick Me Up

Prompt: What is the one word or phrase that immediately cheers you up when you hear it?

She’s bluffing. Finish her!

KAHN SOUPHANOUSINPHONE SR. “BOBBY GOES NUTS.” KING OF THE HILL, FOX BROADCASTING MEDIA, 11 NOVEMBER 2001.

A Friend in Need

Prompt: Finish this sentence: “My closest friend is…”

My closest friend is someone I’m no longer comfortable relying on, which sucks, but I like to think I’m progressing.