Nas + Batman + The Over Thinker
I listened to Life is Good yesterday.
I saw midnight show of The Dark Knight Rises.
I’ve always been a fan of Nas, but more often than not, out of default instead of pure appreciation. Nas’ talent is only overshadowed by his tendency to over think his words, impact and stature. Every post-Illmatic album, even the classic(s), seem to be feeble attempts at maintaining his status quo. I honestly can’t say what Nas is trying to do with his career, because whatever it is, he hasn’t been successful at it.
Christopher Nolan however, feels like the opposite…at least as far as over thinking is concerned. He is a master of fine details and emotional arcs. Every shot presented is clear and intentional. There are no ulterior motives, and nothing to cover up. Each moment meticulously planned out with potential bases covered. To do this takes time and intent. There are easter eggs hidden throughout each Dark Knight film that leads up to the finale.
Laziness, I’m learning, often comes from fear. The fear of being denied, losing your status, and worse, the fear of not being as magical as you’d like to believe you are (or having others discover your “secret”. Over thinking is one of the easiest ways to allow this fear to rule you, because it can masquerade itself as “productivity”.
Over thinking isn’t simply thinking too much, it is obsessively focusing on the wrong details. They are often details we instinctively know don’t warrant the weight we give them, but are easier to focus on than the hard stuff.
The deep stuff. The stuff that we’ve allowed to define us for better or for worse.
Over thinking seems to stem from a desire to accomplish ego based goals we don’t have the courage to admit that we desire (or dont want to be found out about). The hardest part of breaking the habit of over thinking is to allow yourself to wander. What I notice about people who don’t seem to over think is acceptance and allowance. They can roll with the punches. Their thoughts seem to wander. They’re observant of what’s going on outside of them.
I’m finding that meditation and exciting experience are helpful against fighting this habit. The best advice I’ve found came from my favorite blog Zen Habits. Though this doesn’t touch on it much, mindfulness seems to be the opposite of over thinking, and practicing mindfulness, seems to have a diminishing effect on over thinking.