During a recent holiday I watched The View, an American talk show featuring up to five women (including Barbara Walters and Whoopi Goldberg) sitting around a table chatting – and occasionally talking to guests. Though cringing at some of the seemingly-tense differences of opinion (is it me, or don’t the others like the blonde chick?) I was entranced. As someone took up a point (it was about sex, so I was obviously riveted), another jumped in and then someone else. All of us ended up someplace completely different to that from which we started.
That same night in bed, with sleep being the plan (sadly!), my mind raced all over the place – as it usually does. Leaping from one thought to another. I realised then that my mind is, in fact, like The View. I start contemplating some (very important issue) or perhaps try to daydream about some gorgeous man enraptured with me (or something… and there could be sex?!) but then I am off to the next thing and I am distracted by some other far-less-fulfilling-but-worthy-of-obsessive-thoughts issue. I haven’t yet decided if this is a sign that I am in fact suffering from ADD, or some sort of multiple personality disorder?!
I have (therefore) often found myself putting pen to paper, not to be read or heard, but rather to rid my mind of lingering thoughts. This has predominantly taken the form of unwieldy emails or letters to unsuspecting friends and family. However, a New Year’s resolution for 2009 required me to put these thoughts out into the ether: To write, and possibly, be heard. So I started a blog. My posts varied from diatribes and rants about whatever was annoying me at that particular moment in time, to cathartic blitherings about the pointlessness of my life, to what-I-hoped-were witty analyses of popular culture – most commonly books, television and films.
However, in an attempt to demonstrate that I am constantly evolving as a person (or at least fake it), I have decided to cleanse my blog of all over-sharing and focus on what I seem to keep coming back to: TV, movies and books, with just a smattering of other stuff. So, here it is….