Friday, December 18, 2009

Here's An Idea

So, last night, instead of sleeping, I listened to a youtube post of an old George Carlin stand up. Yes, I like George Carlin. I've said it before and had people not believe me, but it's true. I might not always agree with everything he says, but he's certainly good for a laugh. And if a guy can get me to laugh even as I disagree with him, then he's certainly funny. Even if I sometimes wonder if he kisses his mother with that mouth.

Anyway, he made an interesting point. When discussing kids and all the issues that they have, he said, "I think every day all children should have three hours of day dreaming. Just day dreaming. And you [adults] could use a little of it yourselves. Just sit at the window, stare at the clouds. It's good for you."

I, personally, concur. I don't think people spend enough time letting their minds wander and find ideas that wouldn't have occurred to them on their rational, linear thought stream. Did you know that research shows that people's minds are more active when daydreaming than when they're thinking linearly?

Kids don't day dream anymore. They're not learning how to have strange ideas. And what are we going to do when people forget how to hope for impossible things? That will be a sad day.

Me, I daydream. About a lot of stuff, really. Sometimes about stories I'd like to write some day. Sometimes about people I know and what we used to do together. Sometimes about things that are more fun than what I'm doing or not doing when I'm daydreaming. I love daydreaming.

How about you, are you pro-daydreaming? What do you daydream about?


  1. I love daydreaming. I could spend hours alone with just my thoughts.

  2. Truthfully, daydreaming is my general state of mind. I don't think about normal stuff, never had. Don't get me wrong, with a five year old I have to think about mundane things once in awhile, like dinner and laundry, what time to set the alarm but when I'm making dinner or doing laundry I think about where I'd really like to be -- on a beach, warm and sandy, cocoa butter smeared all over. Getting my first HUGE contract. Where I'm going to live when I win the lottery. If we don't dream (day dream) how will we know what we want.

    And on a sad note, George Carlin passed away. Last year I think. 2009. OR was it 2008?

  3. Susan -- I hear you. I could live in my head for ages.

    Piedmont -- It was in 2008. But I don't feel that makes his words less interesting or amusing. I do like your sentiment, though, "If we don't dream, how will we know what we want?" Very interesting.