I'm rarely the smartest person in a room. In a given undergrad class of 30 people, there are probably 5 people who are considerably smarter than me, and another 10 who are about at my level. Then like 10 who were never taught a method of expression so it's a mystery.
But I *know* that I have a much more powerful imagination than most people. I've been using it, training it, alternating between sustainable and overclocking, using my environment as stimuli, since I was like 5 years old.
Some interesting side effects of this:
- When I go to a city after researching it for a while, it always feels like a bizarre dream because a drew such a vivid portrait of the city in my head that inevitably doesn't correspond much to reality.
- I'm heavily predisposed towards horizontality and visions for the future. I imagine myself as I grow old. I imagine the city I live in 50 years later. These are vivid images, which can drive me towards making some odd decisions in the present
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