This past week has been rough. Sunday and Monday were spent with a mild virus- just enough to feel sick and lethargic. Yesterday, I spent three hours having a root canal that did not go smoothly, to say the least. Last night, while I was trying to relax and ignore the continued throbbing in my mouth and jaw, I found myself scrolling through lists, published on various websites. 25 Easy Weeknight Meals, 20 Most Tragic Celebrity Deaths, Top Ten Commercials of All Time, etc.
I realized that I had scrolled through some of the same lists and websites the previous weekend while I was feeling yucky. What is it about feeling sick that makes me crave a good list? Is it the mindlessness of scrolling along, reading bite-sized tidbits of information about each entry? Is it a guilty pleasure of sorts, reading about topics that I don’t normally devote time to? Or perhaps when I’m feeling out-of-sorts, a tidy and orderly list appeals to me in its organization?
I can’t exactly put my finger on why I find lists so appealing, especially when I am unwell. More than likely, it is a combination of all of those reasons and maybe more that I have yet to identify. Either way, now I’m off to discover 35 Cool Lists To Start And Keep In 2018 and I’m feeling better already!