An unfinished post that has been hanging around for a couple of weeks and after several tries at fixing it, I am just publishing and be damned.
Sorry, forget who's blog it was, but I was reading someone's blog a week or so ago, and there was a mention of zoning out. I am a schocker for this. I tend to call it drifting off and drift off I certainly do.
Actually, since I have become more conscious of doing it, I have noticed other people doing it, sometimes even to me, witty and entertaining as I am.
While sometimes it can be because a person is very, very boring or the subject matter is, it seems to more a fault of the person who drifts off. Low attention span? Yep, that is me. Someone could be telling me about how the world will end tomorrow, and if he/she started 'going on' a bit, 'hmmmm, damn, I meant to buy some soap the other day' and other such miscellaneous thoughts will enter my head and push to the fore.
Religiously I watch the tv weather forecast every night, and religiously I drift off while he/she tells us what the weather was today. I tune back in just the news is wrapping up and have to ask R, or wait for a later bulletin. I am ok with the short forecasts.
It is just another reason why I am not keen on parties. I may be talking to someone, but then hear a snippet of someone else's chat. Oh, that sounds more interesting and I find myself losing attention on the conversation at hand. Oddly, once I have a couple of drinks, I am fine and not so easily distracted.
I wonder if it is related to me not being able to talk on a phone and drive at the same? In this case, it is because I am focusing very hard on the driving task?
I am not even great at talking with someone while I am driving. When R, his sis and bro in law and I were driving from Potts Point in Sydney to the Blue Mountains, only the third time over thirty years that I had driven in Sydney, I made everyone shut up until we were on the open freeway with no signs to look out for.
So when I really have to concentrate, I really need a lack of any distraction.