In computer security and programming, a buffer overflow, or buffer overrun, is an anomaly where a program, while writing data to a buffer, overruns the buffer’s boundary and overwrites adjacent memory locations. This is a special case of the violation of memory safety.
I use it for human thinking as well. I say it when I have too much going on in my head and details start leaking. I start forgetting things. Additionally, when this happens, I start acting less likeable. Some might even say that I am intolerable in these circumstances. I tend to agree. It’s pretty bad being in my head when this happens. Buffer Overflow is my kryptonite.
The only solution to buffer overflow is to let go of some of the things on your mind. It’s like having a house with too much stuff, you need to throw some of it away. Let it go, let it go…you know, from Frozen.
Ahh, I just can’t help myself.
As soon as you do, as soon as you clear your memory cache. The other things you are focused on start working properly. Good ideas start flowing. Creativity works. You can not be at the top of your mental game if your buffer is overflowing.
I tell my kids all the time, “Cool heads make good decisions.”
My brain is pretty big, but right now, I have a buffer overflow problem. It is literally stopping me from functioning properly. Computers and humans, we have so much in common. Don’t you think?