Doodling...to Scribble Absentmindedly!
I've been a 'Doodler' my entire life and never really thought about it being a 'Thing'. It is such a 'Thing' that Google, Wikipedia, Pinterest, UTube and scores of internet sites are as absentminded as I am.
Like most lifetime doodlers, I started with crayons, graduated to pencils, pens, paint and other two dimensional Art mediums. I even passed on my 'Absentmindedness' to my Junior High Art Students with a lesson on Doodling around common objects. I wonder if they have become lifetime doodlers, too!
There are benefits of being a doodler...according to HuffPost who say, "If you spend half an hour doing something creative, when someone gives you a problem you will think about it in fresh ways." Doodling as conscious absentmindedness acts as a distraction and allows for "subconscious incubation of a solution". Hmmmm, now I'm looking back on my Doodle Art examples and realizing I must have always wanted a Mickey Mouse watch and was ahead of the times with 'Arty' nail polish.
Doodling has certainly gained the attention of a number of scientific and mental health studies with topics like etymology and memory. It seems doodling has been an absentminded practice among some of the worlds notable people...like...the poet/physician Keats, literary genius Beckett and US President Reagan. Of all the notables I would like to associate my absentmindedness with is Leonardo da Vinci. Really, his notebook margin doodles give new meaning to Absentminded Scribbling.