Take for instance when I’m fixing a baked sweet potato to eat. I cut it in half, then run my fork over the insides to get them all nice and squishy. It wasn’t until last year that I said to my family “Wait a second, I just realized that probably not everyone imagines they’re plowing a field while running their fork through their potato.” The blank stares I received told me that my assessment was, indeed, correct.
Or like when I’m washing dishes and I’m pretending that the movement at the sink is actually powering a secret printing press hidden under the building that’s printing Bibles in a country where they’re illegal.
Or like when I’m making dinner and I smile at the knobs on our kitchen cabinets because they’re the cameras for the cooking show I’m on.
Or like when I’m practicing cracking a nine-foot-long bullwhip and I pretend I’m in the bullwhip-cracking-contest at the Olympics. No, that doesn’t really exist. It makes practice more fun though.
Then I realize that in a way, I’m paid to have a crazy imagination. And I wonder if my life can get any better. Which of course it can, that wasn’t a real question.
What about you? What are some things that you used to think were commonplace thoughts and then found out that they aren’t after all?