I hate brainwaves. They are definitely overrated. I know I’ve had plenty of them, but I can’t remember what they are now.
The trouble with brainwaves is that they are ephemeral. They are more like a mist than a wave. They settle over you for just a moment, give you a quick hug and then disappear, dissipate, dissolve.
Whenever I’m faced with a confusing or sticky problem, whenever I desperately need a brainwave, I try to remember what I did the last time to spark that creative problem solving in me. But I can never remember what happened. It seemed so clear in the moment. But now it’s gone. It announced itself with a flash of insight but then quickly morphed into something so organic that it was suddenly normal and obvious. How does that happen?
The best brainwave of all would be the one where you actually remember what you did to spark that internal fire, to cause that flash of brilliance. When I can finally figure out the process, that’s when I’ll really crow about my brainwaves. But until then, they will be mysterious, intangible and far, far away.
Written in response to the WordPress Daily Prompt: What’s the best idea you’ve ever had? Regale us with every detail of the idea — the idea itself, where it came to you, and the problem it solved.