Hooray! A New Idea!
Photo: Excited Puppy by EDanley
"Some people entertain ideas; others put them to work" Anon
Mmm, the delicious feeling of an idea being born. One that I can revert into, think about, drop everything for, start work straight-away on, research, review, plan, write about, analyse and investigate. The idea to change everything. Like hot-water rising in the bath. The more thorough and possible the idea becomes the more pleasure and comfort I sink into.
I thought it was like this for everyone.
I've only just come to realise this recently. I'm obsessed with the 'new idea' - more importantly MY new idea. Whenever I engage in conversation, I'm subconsciously picking out needs, wants, requirements. As if I have been planted amongst my friends as a spy, to seek out the next big thing that will take their (our) demographic by storm. It's also my job to research it to within an inch of it's life just minutes after discovery.
Maybe it's the curse of our generation - information as instant gratification. All answers are only ever a double-tap away. We are in an era where any great idea can be hashed together in basic form in just one caffeine fuelled night.
I hear a few sentences in general dialogue that make my ears tune in sharply, it starts the cogs turning and patterns start to emerge. "If only there was a way to...." "What we really need is...."
I can hear the synapses in my brain fitzing like a sparkler kicking into life on Bonfire night.
I'm often overwhelmed by the desire to act on this idea, it is paralysing. I start to look for an outlet. A way of organising these thoughts. A notepad, a draft text message on my phone, writing on my hand, a .txt file on my desktop. Or worse, I start talking. Animated and excited, getting louder and louder. Very annoying.
When this happens day in and day out a few things start to happen. Firstly, I get through a lot of note books. Secondly, I probably put people off talking to me as I try to hammer my over-enthusiastic point home. (no-one likes a know-it-all). Thirdly, well - nothing happens.
That's right. Nothing. All these ideas and no final product. I see the idea through in my head and on paper. Then get weighed down in the detail. I work through the process until I hit unsurmountable "obstacles". I've often caught myself in the past worrying about scaling issues, legal problems and commitment worries concerning ideas I came up with 20 minutes before!
This accelerated method of envisioning projects that I'd love to work on has left me with many viable ideas. Possibly bordering on hundreds! Big ideas! Ideas that leave me feeling at a loss how to implement them.
In order to see some of these ideas come to life I am using this site as a method for recording current projects, simple ideas that can be implemented easily and details of all interesting things that I find.
By having some organisation to these thoughts, I hope more will be achieved. Whether the ideas are implemented by me or if they spark a new idea in another person, so long as they are acted upon - I will be happy.
It's time to make stuff...