Fenriss (fenriss) wrote,

The Trouble with my Brain (at least the part I'm willing to talk about here)

I was listening to NPR this morning in the car, and something I've always kinda known really crystallized in my head guts.

Take all the written works available today, from the Library of Congress or anywhere. Pare them down to only the ones in English, or maybe French, so I'd have a shot at comprehending them without learning a new language first. Apply the most rigorous "What Rachel Would Find Really Neat" criteria to them, and rate them accordingly. Finally, skim off the top 1% of that.

I still would never be able to read and think about all of that, if I lived to be really old. It keeps me up at night. It's why I'll never really be an expert in anything. I don't know if it's ADD or just some kind of insidious Generalists Disease. My brain can't resist shiny, neat ideas. And it can't focus on a single idea for more than a couple of hours at a time, tops.

Finish your degree, they tell me. Right. In what? Anatomy and kinesiology? Literature? Women's studies? Botany? Political Science? IT? Graphic design? Research and statistics? Physics? Library science? Costume design? Medicine? Religion?

I'm dead serious. It's an actual problem. A bad one. What's the opposite of myopia? It's that. It sucks.
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