I was thinking about holidays on the bus this morning. As you all obviously know I had a few days around europe after the marathon, and that was great. On top of that I'm off to Cyprus with Mrs. Hadfield in August and as well as looking forward to that I think I need it.
On the bus this morning I was thinking about the chat I was having with some friends on Friday. The fact that I'm always wired. I'm always thinking of about 50 things at once, and I'm constantly seeing the possibilities in everything. Everything is inspiration.
Whilst I love this, and it's what makes me me, sometimes I just want to be un-wired. I want to have an empty head. I envisage one of those health bars in a computer game when I think about my energy. Mental or physical, they go up and down. At the moment I'm on the orange that is below the yellow. I'm definitely not in the fat green bit at the top and I'm getting closer and closer to the red bit below the line.
This morning on the bus we pulled alongside a tourist coach. This happens all the time but for some reason this morning it got me thinking. How bloody lucky are they! How lucky are they to see London on a day like today when the weather is beautiful, with that holiday frame of mind.
You see, I think holidays are all about that frame of mind. That frame of mind is different for different people, of course, but it's that frame of mind that turns a traffic jam into an exciting sight-seeing tour. It's the same frame of mind that allows me to read a novel instead of a 'planning book', although as Northern Planner says - he can see the benefits of novels. (And, to be honest, as planning is in part about learning from living, everything is planning - but I won't go into that again.)
So I was thinking about this and then, obviously for someone of my age, thinking about Total Recall. For those that haven't seen Total Recall (do those people exist?), there exists a technology where people can have memories implanted into their brains. As well as the importance of this technology in the plot, there's also a great mock-ad in there where you can implant memories of a holiday in the old grey matter and pretend you've been places you haven't.
So when I was on the bus this morning I was thinking of something like this that you could do to make you look through the eyes of a tourist. i.e. To walk around constantly with that holiday frame of mind. Being devil's advocate on my own idea for a minute (which I do all the time) I'd argue that to be a good planner you should be able to switch this on and off when you want. You should be able to perceive the same things in different ways in order to see what everyone has seen and think what no-one has thought. But I can't. The commute is the commute, and that disappoints me. London is London, and I sort of know it. I'm not bored of it - far from it - but I don't see it through the same eyes that I'm going to see Cyprus, and using the same eyes that saw Berlin, Copenhagen and Malmo through.
I guess it's about perception overcoming familiarity. It's about trying to untrain the brain so that familiarity doesn't inhibit original actions and thought. Barring LSD, does anyone have any good ideas? Preferably ones that don't carry the risk of psychosis?