When I saw the following picture, I remembered a post I had written earlier this year in which a baby was using an umbrella to fly. My inspiration for this post and the older one was an Orange County Register contest, “Dreamscape,” which required contestants to write a short story explaining a specific photo or drawing. Although the challenge no longer appears in the paper, I cannot avoid thinking about it whenever I see unusual photographs or drawings such as the one below.
To keep the length of this post short, I will mention a few potential themes I considered for a short story that might explain the picture. The themes do not have to relate to enjoying life after brain injury, but the process of creating themes and writing short stories is an excellent cognitive exercise.
- I was a highly respected marine biologist prior to my brain injury; now I am wondering if there is anything I can do.
- I cannot do what I used to do prior to my brain injury, but I have always dreamt of working with an animal rescue program.
- I have always enjoyed sailing, maybe the gift of brain injury is I now have time to pursue my passion of sailing around the world.
- We live happily in our world; perhaps, you can live happily in yours.
- Turtles may be slow, but they get to where they were going.
- I’ve been sitting on the bench and staring at the mural for hours; I hope the government didn’t use tax money to pay for the mural.
Please provide your comments and responses directly on the blog.
- What story themes come to mind when you look at the picture?
- If you could submit a picture of your choice for the contest, what picture would you submit and why?
- What other cognitive exercises are similar to the one described in this post?
- What is your favorite cognitive exercise and why?
- What real-world strengths can you develop by writing titles, themes, or stories?
Thanks to Anto Machado for creating the picture used in this post, Inna Narkevich for sharing the picture, the Orange County Register for long ago hosting the story writing contest that inspired me to write this post, and all the other people who directly or indirectly made it possible to use the picture I included in this post.