Tiny, Private Mind-Motions

Do you have any tiny, private mind-motions?
Photo by Nik MacMillan.

Do you have any funny little habit things you compulsively say, do, or imagine, just for yourself?

I always twist the stem off an apple before I eat it, and I always say the alphabet while I do it. This started when I was a kid and it was one of those games to see the first initial of the person you would marry. I do not believe that I will discover my hubby's name in this way, but the habit remains. I have tried to not do it, and it felt wrong. I can't help it.

When I am riding in a car through a more open area, like farmland, I will move my hand up and down as if drawing lines around the things on the horizon. Bump up for a house, bump up higher for some trees, and so on.

If I look at something patterned, I can't help but imagine I am trying to fill it in with all one colour using the paint fill function on a computer. How can I get it all one colour with the least number of "clicks"?

These, according to some people, are called tiny, private mind-motions.

I like it. It's a smaller, more poetic version of Carrie Bradshaw's "secret single behaviours".


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