I guess I do some of my best, or worst, thinking after work, sitting at Rich O's while I drink a beer and wait for my food.
Best because I finally get some time to myself, away from the paperwork and politicking at work. I can start thinking about things that are relevant to my life instead of those things that are only relevant to my job.
Worst because once I let my mind start to wander it jumps on a thought and develops inertia quickly, and getting it to veer away from an uncomfortable subject has become increasingly difficult. If not impossible.
Sometimes I actually long for the crazy days when my mind couldn't hold a single thought for more than a few minutes.
But those days are gone, and my mind will ruminate and ponder and obsess over whatever it wants. And there's not a damn thing I can do about it except let it go and wait for the thought to play itself out.
Case in point: Today at 5:30 I was thinking about justification and excuses. Now it's 10:26 and I'm still thinking about them.
I want justification. I crave it, need it, perhaps even deserve it.
But not that way.
People tell me stuff. Either directly or through hints, they tell me things that they think will dissipate this cloud that they perceive around me. They tell me things that they think will excuse and explain.
They think they're helping me, but what they're actually doing is scaring the shit out of me.
If I have to face one of my darkest fears to justify some of my deepest pains, then no thanks.