Showerthoughts February 02 2017

I hate the term "showerthoughts".

"Showerthought is a loose term that applies to any thought you might have while carrying out a routine task like showering, driving, or daydreaming."

I like the thoughts themselves, I'd just prefer a less a dismissive way of describing them. We're so afraid of being perceived as strange that we have to give a legal disclaimer before sharing any of our thoughts.

Maybe it's just a nice way of describing "extremely non-important" thoughts. Some are corny, some are great metaphors, some give key insights into our behavior.

I think once observational comedy became so big that once there was a term to describe it, they had to invent another term to describe the effortless attempt at it. Effortless doesn't mean poor quality, it just means you didn't have to exert yourself. Mitch Hedberg's jokes seemed effortless. He was a master of the showerthought.

"I write jokes for a living, I sit at my hotel at night, I think of something that's funny, then I go get a pen and I write it down. Or if the pen is too far away, I have to convince myself that what I thought of ain't funny. "

-Mitch Hedberg

Something about sitting in front of a blank sheet of paper just shuts down the whole idea factory. That's because you're putting the pressure on yourself to generate the ideas rather than letting them just come to you.

The universe is an information generating and cataloging machine. It wants all the hits, all the B-sides, and every raw demo. They're all equally important, so be a good servant and help it out!