Everything! I sometimes wish I had a way to write it all down or record it. Things range widely.
A lot of it is about future plans. Some of it is about whatever I've been reading or studying. Some of it is mentally combing back over problems at work or in personal life, trying to resolve a way to deal with them. Sometimes it's a menu for an upcoming meal or party. Sometimes it's rehearsing over and over the list of chores or to-dos currently on my plate. Sometimes it's just song lyrics or random phrases. Sometimes it's a project I want to do...
I have imaginary conversations with people. Last night I spent about an hour planning what I would talk about with Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul when I won the contest to watch the Breaking Bad finale with them :)
Everything. It would be like walking down the halls at the BBC. Behind one door would be a documentary about predators of black widows (blue mud daubers), and the next door might be where the fronts are on a map in the US.
Then there's food doors: what kind of quiche to make tomorrow that we can nibble on all week. Are there any semi sweet choco chips left? We haven't had the awesome date salad with walnuts & that citrusy dressing lately.
And uber randomosity, like why I suck at playing guitar; that I'm glad we cut the cats' nails this AM & how much easier it is to do with 2 people; that it is fucking gorgeous outside and I love fall an football and I'm happy the pumpkin choc chip cookies are back and I might have to start coloring my eyebrows because it looks like I don't have any when really they're turning gray so you can't see them as well; that I really like dirt & maybe that's what makes us smart; that we're close to the autumnal equinox because the sun is hitting a certain wall in our kitchen right now; that I love sleeping. And beer.
I don't even get this question.
When not interacting with people or doing things or--?
I'm missing some kind of context here, because thinking is always done alone unless you people have all been mind melding on the dl.
Wouldn't the limitation be what you think when you are not alone, then, because otherwise it is "everything else"?
I think I think about other people more when I don't have them in my immediate presence, but I'm always somewhat in proximity to people while still mostly not "with" them.
Most of my thinking gets done in between having to deal with people I'd rather not deal with and it could be about anything. Genocide. Dust. That guy from Misfits is Ramsay Snow? How has Michelle Bachman not accidentally tripped and died? How can I find a personal Saul Goodman? Is the Bees anger peeing? Hey, you can weaponize nacho cheese powder. Salinger married a Nazi?
A N Y T H I N G.
I'm alone all day, every day, through the work week, so it's hard to pin my thoughts down to any one thing. Honestly, when one is alone for as long as I am, you start thinking about some pretty dark shit. ymmv.