Last evening at a dinner party as the conversation turned to the Academy Awards, I realized just how little I knew about movies and actors and how little I actually cared! Whereas I could name 20 good books I had read over the past year or so, I couldn't tell you who most of the recent awards went to or explain why some people are complaining about the fact that "Crash" won. My husband, on the other hand, is an avid movie buff, often watching a movie after I go to bed.
After this discussion and my recent revelations about how little I know about the fashion industry, I started to take an inventory of just what it is that I choose to pay attention to, to remember, to fill my head with. The scary truth is that I see myself becoming more and more like my father, whose mind sort of played its own unique tune, quite unlike that of anyone around him. He actually spent a lot of his life inventing things that mostly never came to fruition, but his mind was active until the day he died.
So if it's not movies or fashion or popular music or sports that occupy my mind, what is up there? I took an inventory and here's what I found:
– The ability to says lots of things not only in English, but also in Spanish, French, German, Norwegian, Hebrew, and even Latin.
– Memories of most of the books I have ever read.
– Lots of poetry references.
– Ideas about gourmet and international cooking.
– How to make just about anything in the way of arts & crafts.
– A whole library of classical music.
– Lyrics to just about all the Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel songs.
– Genealogy, going centuries back in Norway.
– Telephone numbers.
– Bible stories.
– Math puzzles and number patterns.
– City road grids (for cities I have visited).
– Hebrew trope.
– All the rules of grammar.
At this point, there is nothing in the list that I want to give up in order to make space for more current and socially acceptable information. I suppose we all make choices...
Is your mind in sync with those around you or do you have your own set of priorities?