Hands up who writes lists??? Don’t all jump up at once!
I love a list. It makes me feel organised, amidst a life of chaos. It can literally be a list about anything. I write lists about big things, such as moving house, or small insignificant things, such as what to buy for tea. I take my hat off to the people who invented the magnetic ‘ to do’ list which, is attached to my fridge – genius! There is no greater sense of self worth than placing the proverbial tick against a completed task. It sings of order and control. I love being in control, maybe that’s it! Judging by the amount of lists that are out there ( top 10 books, top 10 songs, top 10 movies, top 10 restaurants – you get the picture), I am not alone.
If you too are a lover of lists, you are in very good company. Read on…
- Galileo wrote a shopping list outlining the equipment he needed for his amazing telescope amidst everyday groceries- I kid you not!
- According to Italian novelist Umberto Eco, in an interview for Der Spiegel we like lists because we don’t want to die. Now that makes sense to me.
- Martin Luther King prepared a historic list of ‘integrated bus suggestions’ after the supreme court ruled that segregation was unconstitutional! Powerful stuff!
Did you see what I did there? I managed to sneak in my own sneaky list! If you can not get enough listage (yep made that word up!), may I be as bold to direct you to 2 amazing places:
Listverse – a cornucopia of delights for list lovers.
Lists of Note – a truly wonderful book by Shaun Usher which contains a fascinating look at famous lists from across the centuries. A captivating read for all you lovers of lists.
Time for me to go and write a few lists of my own…. a how to write more each day list would be very helpful right now!
Tell me, what are your favourite type of lists and why?