I Started Writing Down All of My Ideas

My worldview has changed in a short couple of days.

I recently read a piece by Shaunta Grimes that spurred me into doing something that few people do. I began writing down all of the ideas that pop into my head, regardless of whether they are good or bad, so long as they’re somewhat innovative or a question that seems to have an intriguing answer. She urges you to write 10 ideas a day, but I’ve been just kind of writing them down whenever they occur, and it’s been pretty interesting to see where they’ve taken me.

In the past three days I have thought or asked questions about:

  • How Trump’s advertising strategy was sort of similar to LBJ’s
  • Vegetarianism as a form of rebellion
  • The gender divide among morticians
  • The fact that the purpose of law is literally to go against human nature and force cooperation
  • How streets are named

Some of these are good; some could be improved. Some offer an interesting promise of investigation, but others I think are dead (ha, mortician joke). But I think they can lead me to some interesting stories in the future, after I finish school and have a little more time on my hands.

Overall though, working on writing my ideas down has forced me to be more inquisitive. Much like forcing myself to write every day has done, idea generation requires me to get outside and look at the world differently. It’s making me pay closer attention as the day goes on and is getting me to ask more questions about the places I visit. It’s literally changing how I view the world for the better.

So I’m going to continue doing it, particularly as I’m getting ready to graduate. I’m afraid of losing my curiosity outside of school, but I think I’ve found a way to combat that.

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