It made me think. There are many instances when I intend to do one thing, but end up doing something completely different.
For example, sometimes I decide to go downstairs to get something to help me study. Let's say I need a stapler, or some other similarly vital piece of office supplies. I walk downstairs, expecting to go grab the stapler and then run back up to my room to continue studying.
All of a sudden, I realize that I'm
Another one that I do sometimes happens during school. My teacher begins saying something that is extremely vital knowledge. I realize almost immediately that I NEED to hear this. In order to pass the class, this information must be stored in my long term memory. I have to pay really close attention. Much closer attention than I do normally, even closer than when I'm actually interested in what my teacher is saying. If I don't hear this information, I don't know what I'll do. I might as well drop out of school.
Suddenly, I realize
I was spending so much time thinking about how important it was to pay attention, that I forgot to pay attention.
I also struggle with this when I go to the super market. I prepare my list ahead of time, knowing that I really need to be focused so I can make it a quick shopping trip. I write down the vital groceries that I desperately need, and prepare for my adventure.
This is a problem that I've had to deal with for as long as I can remember. My attention span never graduated the fifth grade. At times, it can be slightly entertaining. Sometimes I ask myself, where did that come from, brain? And I laugh at my randomness. At other times, however, it can get frustratingly annoying. For example, I'll begin saying something, a thought that I had that seems extremely exciting, and then all of a sudden,
OH MY GOSH I need to tell you something.
Did you know octopuses could walk on land, and they have beaks?
THEY ARE PLANNING THEIR ATTACK. BE PREPARED. BUY SOME HARPOONS.