It's Saturday night and I'm currently sitting at my computer looking up cheese graters on the internet. It might be poetic if I had a glass of wine in hand, but I doubt it would add much to my current train of thought. I was thinking about how I frequently have little to limit the workings of my brain, and the interent does even less to help me out in this regard. This could be why I went from thinking about photography to thinking about cheese, and how best to grate it. Last year at the state fair I impulse-bought what turned out to be a useless kitchen gadget. I love gadgets, and I love food, so naturally I love kitchen gadgets. I would love said impulse buy, however a fatal design flaw makes it very difficult to clean, and therefore a much less attractive thing to use.
My prior train of thought was related to my other gadget love: cameras. For some time now, I have enjoyed photography as a hobby. I've taken to reading books about it, trying to learn all I can. In the process, I've found myself doing less of the thing that sparked my interest in the first place: taking photos. I often browse flickr and enjoy getting lost in photos from around the world. I envy the ease others seem to have behind a lens, and forget that learning takes time for all of us.
I want to spend more time doing things that captivate me. I want to spend more time behind a lens and less time wondering about post-processing. I want to take photos that make me feel things, that remind of a single, isolated moment in time.
When I'm cooking, I want simple, effective tools with minimal complications but remarkable ease of use. I want an easy way to grate cheese, because I like the taste of freshly grated cheese.
But really, the takeaway I've been missing up until now could be summed up in a simple phrase: "Less thinking, more doing". I really need to get on that.