When I was a kid I went through a kite flying phase.
Every weekend a bunch of kids would gather at school and fly their kites.
A few of the kids who had “cool” kites would have “kite fights.”
Once I tried to build a HUGE kite.
Of course, not yet being schooled in physics or aerodynamics, my kite was too heavy for me to even lift.
But making was fun.
I took two long boards, nailed them together, got a bed sheet (my mom was PISSED) and made a huge kite.
I didn’t even bother trying to fly it.
Much later, in Junior High School wood shop, I actually learned how to measure and cut stuff.
So you could build something that actually was useful.
One time in college I found a discarded oscilloscope.
I took it home and ran my stereo through it.
Kind of like a mini laser show.
Once upon a time, we humans didn’t have much.
Now we have TONS of stuff.
And when it comes to inventing new things, we can get pretty creative.
On one hand, it’s amazing.
On the other hand, it’s very puzzling.
Some inventions seem so obvious in retrospect, but it took a LONG time for people to come up with them.
For example, guys fought each other on horseback a LONG TIME before somebody invented the stirrup.
That little loop at the bottom of the saddle, to keep you from falling off.
At the same time, this is both crazy and fantastic.
Crazy because it makes us humans seem silly.
But fantastic because it means there’s potentially TONS of new things just waiting to be invented.
Simple things that might change everything.
All it takes is thinking a little differently than most people.
Looking at things differently.
Instead of using your mind as an echo chamber, consider using it as an experimental lab.
To try out different thoughts, just to see what happens.
You may be surprised what you find in there.