Scumbag Brain

Why do all good ideas come to you the moment your head hits the pillow?

Over the last few years,  I have had this happen to me on a number of occasions. Just when I think I should call it a day,  the brain starts buzzing with possibilities in haven’t considered and probabilities that merit considerable attention. What is truly irritating is the fact that these ‘flashes of brilliance’ disappear into oblivion byvthe time you are ready and fresh to start a new day.

The ideal thing to do would be to collect this information and make a note of it – write a diary,  record a memo/note-to-self,  post a blight, you get the general idea. However, the ensuing back-and-forth of opinions between the brain and a very tired body often leads to the latter being declared victorious more often and most of these ideas end up being lost for eternity or until a strange set of coincidences causes them to be invoked at some random point in time.

One reason, I suspect, is that we have genetically evolved to take an account of the day when we lay our tired bodies to rest. (The idea merits more attention when you consider the ‘life-flashing-before-your-eyes’ metaphor.) I suspect our brains have been programmed to analyze all the information collected during the day and draw conclusions relevant to our existence – either by way of opinions or ideas.

Not unlike a personal assistant would do at the end of a day at the office.

Taking the metaphor a step further, the personal assistant would probably expect you to have acted on the information provided and will not bother reminding you until you explicitly state it.

Yeah, that must be it, I guess.