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Working it out, part 2 - The Sound and Fury

I learn and remember things better when I can visualise them. I figure it's when as many of my senses are engaged as possible. It is the reason why I work better under pressure when I have music or background noise to occupy that part of my brain which likes to wander. The part or parts of my mind which get distracted by shiny things. School at times was challenging because teachers prefer you to sit down and shut up.

Well...I had trouble sitting still and good luck getting me to keep quiet! My mother used to joke I would fall asleep if I had to sit still for more than 1 minutes. When I was about 7 or 8, she once offered me a whole $5 to be quiet for 5 minutes. (I did it, btw, tensely counting down each and every second and then, exactly at the 5 minute mark, a flurry of babble exploded from my mouth. We still joke about it decades later.)

The only time I need peace and quiet are the times when I am watching the light show in my head. Sounds and textures can evoke such wonderful images, and some not so good ones, that I am loathe to interrupt it all. Listening to music is like watching a movie unfold. Laughter is like brightly coloured bubbles bursting in my brain.

When I read the words scroll through my mind, they drift and transform and add to the whole experience. There are times when I can not visualise something. Those are the times when I get frustrated and have trouble concentrating. When reading, if I can not see the story in my mind, I can not enjoy the book. Movies are great as they give me sound with images, movement and texture. Bad movies give me headaches.

When I get overwhelmed, the process breaks down and I can not filter. I need one thing to focus on to be able to tune out the distracting sound visuals.

Life is full of sound and fury signifying, wait, that's Shakespeare. My life is full of sounds and textures and colours which jump and dance in my head. Sometimes it's furious but, for the most part, it's quite nice.

Or maybe I'm just used to it.
Decades later the unhemmed Colour and Fury
(previously posted on Yes, Mistress)
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