Shower Thought #1: What Are The Seven Wonders Of The World?

Ashley Caudill, Blogger

I’m not sure why showers have become a place for thinking so deeply or why my best thoughts and ideas come to me in the shower. Odd right? 


What is a Shower Thought? Why do we think of random things when we are relaxed? Like why the sky is blue? Or how do you decide how to name something? 


This blog is going to be compiled of all my very own Shower Thoughts. 


Buckle in for a wonky ride. 


My most recent shower thought: What are The Seven Wonders? 


I was listening to Fleetwood Mac the other day, as anyone would on a rainy Sunday afternoon, and I came across their song “Seven Wonders.” 


So it got me thinking. I’ve heard of the Seven Wonders, but I never knew what they actually were. So I began digging around and here is what I found. 


The Seven Wonders are not one set list of places around the world that are defined to be the “best and most wondrous places.” There are actually two lists separating the ancient and new wonders. 


The ancient list consists of the Colossus of Rhodes, the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus and the Lighthouse of Alexandria. 


Most of these sites were destroyed by natural causes, but the Great Pyramid of Giza still stands. 


This list was created by ancient Hellenic (early Greeks) travelers that studied the locations and structures and untimely chose them to be The Seven Wonders of the World. 


However, the new list was made by Canadian filmmaker, Bernard Weber, who created a poll that was open to the public to cast their own votes on what the new list should contain. 


That list consists of The Colosseum, The Great Wall of China, The Taj Mahal, Christ the Redeemer, Machu Picchu, Chichén Itzá and the city of Petra. 


While I dug through all the information I could find, I came to the conclusion that The Seven Wonders of the World can be what you want them to be. Yes there are official lists, but they were created by travelers and creatives.


So what’s to say that we can’t make our own list? 


I like to think that my list would include all the places that have significance to me. The places where my favorite memories were made. 


Yellowstone National Park. This was the first time that I realized how beautiful nature is and how powerful it can be. 


Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Tucked inside the center of Indianapolis sits an arena where I found my community. A place where I was surrounded by people who understood me. 


The countryside of the southern border between Ohio and Indiana. Specifically, a pull-off lining a dirt road where I like to watch the sunset in the summer. 


Krohn’s Conservatory in Cincinnati where butterflies roam in the summer with others of their kind, intertwined and floating around gracefully. They are truly beautiful creatures. 


Mellow Mushroom. If you have ever been you know that they have the best pizza. This is the place where I get to come together with my best friends. A night that starts at the Mellow Mushroom will always end in smiles and new memories. The table has to be under the massive mushroom, otherwise, it’s just not right. 


Barnes and Noble. The place that has an endless amount of worlds waiting for me to escape to. A place that has an endless amount of stories to learn and learn from. And, the place with Harry Styles magazines. 


My first car. The thing that carried me away from home for the first time. The place where I gather with my loved ones and friends to talk for countless hours. And, the place that serves as a small escape when I need it. 


The great thing about lists is that they are always changing. 


What would your Seven Wonders of the World be?