I had a really good idea, but I forgot it.
The other night, I had a really good idea. That's all I remember. I don't remember what it was or what it was about. I know I was excited about it. I remember thinking, "Wow, I'm a genius for thinking up this idea. This is a genius idea." But, sometime between then and now, I forgot it. I also forgot ever having had the idea. But just now, I remembered that I did have one, but I can't remember what it was.
Was it an idea for a book? A new type of workout? An original flavor of ice cream to email Ben and Jerry's about? I have no idea. It could be any of those. Maybe it was all three? Now that would be some idea.
Sometimes I'll be lying in bed at night, ready to sleep, when an idea springs into my head. If my phone is nearby, I'll write the idea in my notes app so I don't forget it in the morning. If I'm afraid that I won't remember to ever check the notes app, however, I'll text the idea to my own phone number, and exit out of iMessage before the message sends, so that the little red "1" icon appears on the messages app. I don't always check my notes app, but I always check my texts, so this is a good strategy.
But sometimes my phone isn't nearby. Then what? I don't want to get out of bed. So, I'll take off a piece of clothing (my boxers or the oversized shirts I sleep in) and throw it somewhere in my room that would be a strange place for an article of clothing. For example, if I throw my shirt onto the lamp in the corner of my room, in the morning I'll see the lamp covered in shirt, and I'll think to myself, "what's this shirt doing here? OH! This is to remind me of the idea that I had last night!" And then, boom! Idea remembered.
This time I didn't do any of those things. I hate myself.