The result of ideas for the flow of creative juices

When I realized it was my turn to write the column, I panicked a little. I couldn’t think of anything particularly introspective, useful, or interesting to say.

So, I Googled “things to write about”, hoping to find a router that would move my mental cogwheels. I found myself browsing through a lot of really stupid ideas, but I managed to spot some gems. Here is a sample of what I found and my reactions:

What is the most annoying sound in the world?


That’s easy: people chew loudly. In order to shout loudly, put the foil in your mouth, close your mouth and chew. I had to walk out of more than one Mexican restaurant due to the cacophony of grinding potato chips. The same goes for staining coffee, soup, and pasta. It’s basic table manners.

I recently learned that I’m not the only one who can’t stand the sounds of people eating, and it’s actually a “disorder” called misophonia or selective voice sensitivity syndrome. I’ve also learned that giving strangers the “look” to chew loudly is often met with the hard challenge and attempts to chew louder.

What is something most people don’t know about you?

For one, my eyes are extremely sensitive to light. That’s why I always wear my sunglasses, in case you were wondering. It is a condition that I inherited from my father and my son inherited from me. Apparently, this is also a disorder. It’s called “photophobia.”

Another little-known fact about me: Feet sneak up on me. Go ahead, laugh. It’s strange. Even stranger, that’s why I didn’t like “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” when I was a kid (ironically, the kid ran barefoot most of the time). Each episode opened with Mr. Rogers changing his shoes. I was always terrified that one day he would take off his socks and I saw his feet.

At this point in my search for a good scriptural mentor, I began to realize that I was really flawed, and I began to hate people who make lists of writing prompts.

Then I found this:

Write a letter to your 5-year-old.

okay then.

Dear 5-Year-Old Nya: Remember that time you spent in Sunday School when you learned about the Golden Rule? That was only half the story. Never stop being nice and helpful but be aware that not everyone lives by the same rule. There are many people who see kindness as a weakness. It’s okay to stick to yourself. It’s okay to be “rude” if the situation calls for it.

It’s also good to be really flawed. Everyone has flaws, and those with the most flaws are usually the ones who will point out your flaws.

never give up your dreams.

Don’t just walk to the beat of your drummer, turn up the volume and dance to it.

Someday in the future, you’ll be searching Google for “things to write about”. Don’t sweat.

Lania Rocha is a staff writer at Genesee County View. Contact her at [email protected]