It took me a tad longer than expected. But, as promised, I have persevered on my journey to uncover the hidden secrets surrounding Nana “The List” Seastar. Dare I say that I found my adventures to be much in the fashion of those experienced by Indiana Jones in “Raiders of the Lost Arc.”
While that may be a bit of an exaggeration, I do think list makers deserve to be recognized and have their story told. So without further ado I humbly offer to you:
“Writers of the Long List.” A psychological thriller that drags the reader, kicking and screaming, deep into the pitch black corners of the mind of a List Maker.
Unfortunately, we don’t get to wear a cool hat. Nor do we brandish sabers or wear our side arm slung low upon our hip. We don’t even get to carry, much less feel the power of a bullwhip cracking over our heads. But, that doesn’t mean we don’t have our own version of “special equipment.”
Many list makers have a certain pen and paper they must use when designing their lists. They believe it ensures the success of completing each and every task.
The Seastar appears to use a special paper. One that is by nature, long and flowing. Here is a picture of El Capitán perusing one of the Seastar’s unique lists.
I really don’t have any room to tease Nana Seastar, for I too am a list maker. I think it may be a genetic condition. My Nan Nan made lists and so did my Mother. My mother’s lists were made daily. I would find her sitting at the kitchen table every morning, drinking her cup of tea and planning out her day. She always made her lists on a weekly calendar. She loved the one the bank would give us around Christmas time each year; because it had adequate writing space by each date.
This was back in the time of, oh I don’t know, practically the age of the dinosaurs. Sit back children and I will tell you a tale of days gone by. Back when banks gave away free gifts and goodies, like piggy banks and calendars. Back when financial institutions acted like they gave a crap weather or not you were their customer. As opposed to treating you like crap, because you are a customer.But, I digress. Probably because I didn’t make a list of what I wanted to write about, so now I’m all over the place.
So yes, I make lists too. And I have discovered that reading my “daily to do lists”, offers a clear insight to my mental state for that day. Here’s a typical list, made on a fairly typical day, when things are going fairly well.
And this is an example of a list made on a day when all the neurons and synapses aren’t exactly firing on all 8 cylinders.
See, there is a tiny bit of difference between the two. But, my lists help me to survive and occasionally, I even manage to get 1 or 2 of the tasks done.
May your pens always be full of ink, may you experience a never ending supply of paper and may you find the completed chores crossed off your lists to always be plentiful.