Dec 13, 2018 03:59:29

My Old Idea Notebook

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Bhavish Yalamanchi

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One of my elementary school teachers used have our class write at least one page in our books everyday. Just fill one whole page, didn't matter what. This meant that we could write a list of different butterfly breeds or just draw a picture of the sunset on a particular evening (both of these are ideas I used in that class). It took me several years to realize the beauty in that daily assignment. I realized retrospectively, that everyday, I'd be teasing my brain with a little bit of creativity. Not only did that make my daily homework time more enjoyable, but I think it jogged something in my brain from that young age- that 'work' does not have to explicitly unenjoyable. Even though that assignment was work, I always loved doing it. It became a sort of platform where I could explore the different things that interested me at the time. I would write outlines of fantastical stories, I would write poems, I would draw a scene in my notebook, etc..

Recently I have resumed this practice of the 'daily jot' and it has been a lot of fun. I'm not saying that I am going to become the next Picasso or the next Ernest Hemingway... But it has opened my eyes to how much capacity we have to expand our minds. If tomorrow I read a great excerpt of the Apology of Socrates, I can explore the rest of Plato's works and get a grasp of modern western philosophy. Then I can simply write down thoughts in my notebook and move on. I can explore whatever captures my interest. The world is a much better place to live in now. 

That's why I'm excited about this idea of a website. Let's see where this goes.

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