I don’t know what it is about graphing paper that gets me all happy. Is it the uniformity? Or perhaps the intersecting lines and endless sea of perfect squares that beg for some input. I really don’t know if it is one or the other or both, but whatever the case, I love graph paper.
The keyboard has become an extension of our fingers. The sound of typing produces it’s own sound. Happy exclamations, intense ideas, shout with glee. Shock, sheer boredom, or confusion let out a dismal bellow.
But graph paper, let me tell you presents acres and acres of building promise. You can fill in those boxes with a really smooth charcoal pencil or in a mad mind-mapping session break a few lids. Graph paper, plainly put is magnificent.
Other than drawing random abstract patterns with my old graphite pencils, I really enjoy bullet lists. My geeky nature draws me towards venn diagrams, lists and mind maps ALL the time.
I actually have a dedicated graph pad journal just for those geektastic moments (remind me to upload a pic).
This is an excerpt from my list in my journal that inspired this digital bin post.
1. learn how to cultivate and sustain a bee hive. What is the exact term for that? I have always been fascinated by bees. They get a bad rep for producing so much honey. I love bees.
2. I want to see Glaciers. I get the National Geographic Expedition magazine and I just visualize myself hiking through ice caves and witnessing the beauty for myself. A long time ago I went to a Volcano tour in Hawaii and saw lava, and it changed everything for me. I am committed to seeing Glaciers in my lifetime. Inshallah.
3. I would love to learn about farming and agriculture. WHAT?! Yes! One day when I cash in all my chips and God willing, I would love to buy a farm in central coast of California. I want to raise animals, live off my land, donate and raise awareness for humane livestock practices, local farming, and zabihah lifestyle.
4. I would like to learn a second language in the full context: reading, writing and speaking. Arabic, Urdu and Farsi are the top on my list. I hope it’s not too late. I would love to explore some of my favorite mystic poets.
5. Live abroad for a while or short while. I have never really had the chance to immerse myself in another culture; mainly due to practical reasons. Born and raised in America, the longest jump for me was Texas to California. The ideal scenario would be to do some kind of relief work, documentary work, or then just set aside 3 months out of the year to just absorb my surroundings.
I have my lists with subjects and this was explore. Earlier this year a friend told me to start throwing my ideas out there into the “universe”. I am guilty of having too much of a tunnel vision, if such a thing exists. But then again, that is true of all the late blooming type A types out there.
Later later. Where is my graph paper?