I’ve come across several a-has in life all on my ownsome.
When I read about them later, it was a huge boost of Hell Yeah!
While I do realise that life is to short to learn by experience, and that most of my “original” thoughts will have been thought of long before I ever did, it’s such a high to arrive at an insight all on my ownsome.
Figuring out something by experience or by reason is fun :)
It’s only by concentrating, sticking to the question, being patient, letting all the parts of my mind come into play, that I arrive at an original idea. By giving my brain a chance to make associations, draw connections, take me by surprise.
— William Deresiewicz