Original Thoughts

According to Yahoo, Wikipedia, and many other sources more reliable than those, there is no such thing as an original thought.

Just think about this for a while. I mean it makes since, right? Since Adam and Eve, it has been estimated that 100 to 150 billion people have lived on the earth, an average of 125 billion. A human has between 35 and 48 thoughts per minute, meaning 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts in a day and 18,250,000 to 25,550,000 thoughts in a year, on average that’s 21,900,000. The average life span for a human is 68.4 years.* So…

Let’s take all that and put it together

125,000,000,000 people x 21,900,000 thoughts per person per year x 68.4 years per person

Which is, drumroll please…

187,245,000,000,000,000,000 total thoughts, on average, on the earth

Holy cow, that’s a lot.

Hence why I believe there is no way every thought could be original. Sorry to break it to you, but everything you think had most likely already been thought.

Yet, even if each individual thought about a grilled cheese sandwich, an iguana in a party hat, or even a mermaid calling you to the sea in the dead of night, I believe there is no one and I mean NO ONE who had the same combination of thoughts as you have. Because as high as the number above is, what is even high is the possible number of combinations of it.

I mean, not everyone can be thinking about food one second and Netflix the next.

Source: http://i.giftrunk.com/qbx70m.gif

Okay, bad example, but still, my point stays strong.

Even though your individual thoughts are not exactly the same, your unique combination of those thoughts are. Humans, I believe, have the wonderful gift of connecting, thoughts included.

*Even though the average life span, according to a quick google search, is said to be 68.4 years, that is not taking into account the life spans in different time periods or the life spans in different countries. This is more just an average number to prove a point.

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Years ago, Camden Rose brought her typewriter across the country to Seattle after completing degrees in marketing and creative writing at Elon University. She fell in love with the city and hasn't left since. She can often be found at the ocean's edge taking notes on the local mermaid population. She loves exploring nature and seeking out the magic hidden beneath the everyday world. Currently, she is working on various short stories, novels, and a master’s in education. You can find her on Twitter @CamdensCorner.

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