“Everyone who has taken a shower has had an idea.
It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and
does something about it that makes a difference.”
–Nolan Bushnell

I saw that quote online last night. I see a lot of quotes online these days. Who doesn’t, right?

Anyway, the guy who said it was, as you can see, Nolan Bushnell. I never heard of him, but his quote made him sound very bushy-tailed. You know, a get-up-&-go type. I googled him. He is: founder of Atari, Inc. and Chuck-E-Cheese. An interesting combination, don’t you think? He’s in the Video Game Hall of Fame. He’s also on the board of Anti-Aging Games and a founder of BrainRush, which incorporates brain science and game technology to develop educational software. I’m impressed. He must have some amazing showers.

But back to the quote. On goodreads.com, where I found it, all the quotes are followed by hashtags. You know, so if you like this quote, you can click to others like it. And one of the hashtags for this one was #showerthinking. I love that, don’t you?

We all know about #showerthinking. It’s a lot like #doingthedishesthinking and #drivingthecarthinking, right? One of my friends also refers to #swimmingthinking. But I think the best kind of #thinking takes place in those few moments after you wake up on the rare mornings when you didn’t have to set the alarm and no one else is around to disturb you.

You’ve drifted out of your last dream of the night, your eyes open, and it’s as if your brain has been washed clean. You have a few thoughts, fresh as dew. Maybe, if you’re really lucky, an idea pops by. It doesn’t stay long. Moments of clarity are always short. But while they last, it feels so good.

So this morning was one of those for me. I #wokeupthinking that I’d start a blog. Today. I got into the shower. I thought up the name: Shy Girl Talking. Because that’s me. And here it is.

Thank you, Nolan Bushnell.

About Susan Spangler

I'm a graphic designer and illustrator, observer and survivor. My website, www.susanspangler.com, contains a wide portfolio of my projects and images – some for pay, most for love, many for both. These graphic essays are inspired by things that catch my eye, my ear, my heart. Funny, confounding, astounding and encouraging, all at once. You know. Life.
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4 Responses to #showerthinking

  1. mirseidel says:

    Love this! And how about #takingawalkthinking?

  2. Kathe says:

    I laughed out loud (in bed) reading the line, “He must have some amazing showers.” THANKS Nolan for this blog!

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