The Thought Express

By Heather Woods

If I was able to count them, I think I’d easily hit 4000 thoughts running through my mind at any given time? I’m no scientist, and they’d probably tell me that the real number is much much higher (given the complexity of the brain and the amount of data it processes) – but it can’t be just me, right? I think if there was a marathon for thinking,  I would definitely be in the running (see what I did there?) for a medal.

A few examples for you. I was sitting on my bed feeding my four-month old daughter wondering when I should start her on solids, when I noticed a mark on the bedspread that our muddy pooch had obviously left there. This reminded me of the other washing I needed to soak but hadn’t got to. Oh yes, and I need to get stain remover and coffee from the supermarket which I can do on the way to pick up Miss 2 from daycare. Then I can swing past the post office to collect my parcel, but I might do that tomorrow because I wanted to go to the paint shop to get some samples. Maybe I’ll just do Aus post and the paint tomorrow which means the muddy pooch can go for a walk, oh and call about swimming lessons!

There you go, breastfeeding to swimming lessons in 10 seconds flat.

Another time it started with coffee. There I was, waiting for delicious warm coffee to hit my mug, wondering why my top cupboard doors were so dirty. It’s not like the toddler can reach up there and we use the handles? Speaking of handles, I need to get the replacement one from Bunnings. And maybe I’ll get a sneaky sausage sizzle while I’m there, that can be lunch because when I get home I have to bath the kids before heading back out. Actually I won’t go to Bunnings now I’ll go on Tuesday when I go to the shops, that way I’ll save time now and might be able to check out inflatable world instead.

Coffee to Inflatable world in 5 seconds.

And then I had a dream about spiders. It’s a recurring dream for me. I wake, certain that there is a spider dangling above my head or on my pillow. After waking the household searching for said scary arachnid I mentally add bug spray to my shopping list which I’ll do on Friday before daycare pickup so that after swimming on Saturday I can get some work done. If my work is done that means Monday I can declutter the spare room and sell a few things on my local buy swap sell, then use that money to by that book I heard about on the radio. I wonder if the bank sent me that email?

Spider dream to bank email – about 30 seconds, allowing for drowsiness.

I find this happens to me all the time –  all day, all night, in the car, in the shower, walking, working, cooking, whatever. Sometimes it’ll just be over-analysing one topic. But mostly it’s completely random thinking and I’ll get from A to Z in 3 seconds flat. It’s exhausting and can literally keep me awake all night, running off an all sorts of tangents.

There’s been nappies ending at cocktails,  iPhone ending at Mexican, BBQ dinner ending in Finland and my laptop ending in ‘I wonder what it’s like to be in jail?’. There’s loads more too – I have my entire adult life of randomness locked away in the confines of my brain.

Yes I’m organised, but perhaps my brain goes a bit too far in its search for order. If I can’t make sense of something it stresses me out, so maybe this is my way of dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s – ensuring there’s nothing out of place? I can’t possibly be the only one that goes through this process!


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