The picture was shared on Facebook by Autism All States Foundation United Kingdom. It gave me a good laugh at myself. The easy way of a direct line from start to finish is the road I seldom take. My way has one detour after another.
I started my day with a jog on the patio deck. I added this to my routine after purchasing a smart watch that counts my steps. While upping the daily step count, a thought pops up in my brain of something to blog about. This was after a day or two of writer’s block and so I was eager to get on the computer and start blogging. The blog was my ultimate destination and I sure went the long way about it.
I got on the computer with the intention of starting to blow. But there’s a slew of emails that captured my attention. I take a detour from starting a blog to tending to my e-mail. Another detour buzzes when the washer goes off that my Mom had loaded earlier. While loading the dryer in the garage, I am caught again with another detour. The stick vacuum reminds me vacuuming is on my to-do list and instead of ignoring it for later, I vacuum right then and there to delete the unliked chore off my list. I empty the vacuum container and notice the trash can is nearly full. The voice inside my brain says you can’t leave it like that and so I take the trash can outside to empty.
I then return to my computer desk and finish up with email duty. Before opening the site where I blog, I notice the desk crumbs staring at me like a neon sign. I go for my hand vacuum to feed it the crumbs and discover there’s more on the bedroom floor and rug. By the time I am finished, the hand vac has ingested a full meal’s worth.
I commence to going back to starting that blog. It is amazing that despite the detours the subject hadn’t left my train of thought. Before the second paragraph, there’s a Facebook (FB) pop-up screen notification of a family member posting a new video. I pause to watch the video thinking I’ll get back to my blog immediately afterward. Wrong! I see more FB postings and it’s another ten minutes before I leave FB land and get back to that blog.
My blog is again interrupted with the thought of the laundry in the dryer. I stop to check and it was waiting for me to put away. By this time, my smart watch app is telling me I need to do some more stepping and so I jog and fold laundry at the same time. Take it from me, both can be done at the same time.
I could go on with more detours I took before finishing my blog but I’ve gone on long enough. I’ll just say I did finish the blog just before the evening hour.
More often than not, I finally arrive at whatever the destination is. I just seldom reach it with a straight shot. On the bright side, I get a lot of chores done by zig-zagging on the Spectrum.