When things are nearby, they’re concrete and you can see the details of the things. On the other hand, when things are far away, they’re much more abstract. So thinking about things that are near and far puts us in different mental states. When you think about things nearby, you see the details, and so when a creative idea comes along, the first thing you ask is, can it work?
[But] most creative ideas are risky and the risks are obvious when you look at the details, so when you think about it with this detail-oriented mindset, you’re more likely to shoot the idea down. On the other hand, when you’re thinking about things that are far away, you’re in a more abstract frame of mind and so the first question you ask is not will this work; you’re more open to seeing the creative possibilities.
Migraines, fibromyalgia, Reynaud’s, kyphosis, PTSD…none of these are terribly rare, but because they are mostly invisible, many people don’t know the toll these kinds of illnesses take of a person’s lives, their friendships, careers, and family.
“Be kind. For everyone is fighting a hard battle.” (Plato)