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July 23, 2011 / windlessly

Insomnia at its best

Isn’t it weird that sometimes your best work or inspiration comes in the middle of the night when all you should be thinking about is sleep? That’s happened to me a few times, whether it’s because I can’t fall asleep or because  my brain is randomly firing off idea impulses that I decide I have to act on or it will be forever lost. If you can’t tell, this is one of them.

Maybe it’s something soothing about the silence that floods the house after everyone else has gone to bed, when it’s just you and your computer screen for company. And of course, your wandering thoughts. They seem to flicker through your mind as much as the backlight on your computer is flickering through your exhausted retinas.

Or maybe it’s just that inspiration strikes only when you are thoroughly tired out, blanked with fatigue. Your body begins to run on the next source of energy: a fuel I call intellectual chaos. It does wonders to revive the soul and for a moment you might wonder if you are actually insane. But sleep is not the answer. You need to spend that energy in one form or another. Writing, ranting, blogging, painting, exercising, calling a friend and crying to them over the phone, all good outlets for this sort of explosive energy. Ride the momentum and make something happen. You never know when it will happen again.

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  1. Anonymous / Jul 25 2011 1:51 pm

    Do you believe the sixtrh sense could be sharpen at night?Premonition appeared to me time by time.I can not explain. "Nor heaven nor earth have been at peace tonight." -Julius Caesar; Shakepeare

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