by Phoenix A. Desertsong, Staff Writer, Healer & Advocate
Once, I was accused of a horrible crime: thinking in complete sentences. Perhaps that’s not, in fact, a crime, but it’s apparently quite an unusual trait to possess. I admit that I do have a rather peculiar way of processing information. But does that mean that most people think in sentence fragments? Then, you’d also have those who think in run-on sentences without proper punctuation...
So, this was a rather strange thing to be told, that I think in complete sentences. Perhaps that’s a compliment? I believe the real problem is that we've become so used to texting through our phones and instant messaging through Facebook and the like. So, we’ve all tended towards becoming a bit fragmented.
Don't get me wrong. I love my smartphone! We are closer together than ever thanks to technology. Yet we're all further apart because of the fact that "connections" are often lazy and cheap.
Yes, you can make some great friends and relationships online. But more often than not, the internet can be so impersonal. You really don't know who's on the other side of that screen. Heck, I myself have found that I for some reason forget proper English on a regular basis when trying to communicate with my fellow denizens of the Interwebz.
But, most of the time, I speak too properly and write even more properly than seems fair to a lot of people. I sound high-brow and apparently quite snooty to a great many folks. Some will look down on me for my well-spoken verbal attitude. Not that it's hard to, as I'm only five-foot-two. (That's 157 1/2 cm for you lovely metric-using folks!)
Still, I’d say that thinking in complete sentences is perhaps what makes me the writer that I am. I have the wits about me to whip up complete essays in the space of a half an hour, especially if it's a topic that interests me. Even if it's not, I'm usually able to come up with something readable in an hour or so. It's because I can usually visualize the essay in my mind before it’s actually written.
The more I think about it, all that so-called "thinking in complete sentences" means simply being able to visualize ideas well. I do believe that many people think of things visually, much as I do. I simply have pictures with subtitles in my head. This sounds kooky, but I know I'm not alone in this. It's a nice little feature of my brain, I suppose. Honestly, it's something you can train your brain to do with practice.
But it’s not like this “thinking in complete sentences” is an absolute necessary talent to have or anything. Do whatever works for you. Our brains are all wired differently, and for good reason. If we all start thinking the same, then what's the point of thinking at all?
Thank you for putting up with my weirdness!
~ Phoenix <3
P.S. Yes I stole that last bit from Katy Perry
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Often known by her nickname "Ami," Ms. Phoenix Amelia Desertsong has written for many online publications, often under pen names.