How rambling can help to process information. In my case anyway.
[media-credit id=3 align=”aligncenter” width=”594″][/media-credit]I have the tendency to ramble. It isn’t that weird to skip through several subjects when I talk. Very often I talk about…let’s say something I saw the day before, then I move to what I’d like to bake and then to what’s happening right in front of me. It could go a bit like this:
“…probably normal though. I mean it isn’t that strange to ….oh hey. Do you smell that? I’d love to bake some vanilla cupcakes now! Simple, but always good, you know? No way! Did you see that? I would totally trip if I had to carry that many glasses on a plate…hmm that would make a fun illustration…but yeah. It isn’t that strange to add it in your motivation letter. It would only make sense in your case right? Plus, it can make your letter even more interesting as well!”…
I may have exaggerated a bit. Now before you think that I’m a crazy talker, leaving you no room to say something, I’m not exactly like that all the time (Really. I’m not.). I’m not an immediate rambler when I first meet with people. If I like you, I’ll ramble a little. If I know you a bit better and I still like you…the rambling will be more and so on. Most friends are used to it and happily ramble along.
To me, rambling is like doodling. When most people think of doodling, they can think of quick little mindless drawings that you do while you’re e.g. on the phone, in a meeting or sitting in the metro. You’re not putting that much thought in it and you’re mostly doing it to pass the time. I know I often use the word doodle and people ask me “…is that a doodle?!“…I just love the word and use it for showing work in progress art.
It’s probably the same with rambling, for a lot of people it can sound mindless and confusing, but it can make the brain work in a different way. My brain anyway. It’s a different way to process the information that is floating around and not only done to confuse people. Very often when I talk about several things at once, I can suddenly spot hidden links and connections. Some bits of information fall into place and I get new ideas for illustrations. Some of you know that I often blurt out “Oh! That would make a great illustration!! *scribbles idea down*“. Yeah, my list is pretty long now, but very often I combine ideas into one illustration.
You know, life can be already way too serious at times, so creating little stories as I go, keeps things fun. I love to tell stories! Inspiration is all around us and because of this, my mind is constantly ‘working’ and thinking up new ideas. Sometimes a pause button would come in handy. When I ramble or doodle, I never know when a new idea pops in my mind that could be used for future projects. It’s always a surprise when it happens and that’s what keeps the entire process interesting and fun.
However, sometimes it’s just a mindless ramble though…
About the Author: TJ Lubrano
Tahira Lubrano, also known as TJ, was a Master Sociology student, but now she is chasing her dreams as an artist. You can find ramblings and observations surrounded by her own illustrations at her blog A Look in a Creative Mind. Everything is magical there and you are most welcome to float along and wander around her imaginative world. br> View My Profile