Once upon a time… not so very long ago – imaginations ruled the day.
You know what I’m talking about…
As kids – our imaginations ran wild – young and fearless – open to the possibilities of what ever emerged from our adventures of day-dreaming. Excited to explore just about anything and everything there was.
Deciding what we were going to wear and eat were trivial in comparison.
Wasn’t it more about – how we were going to entertain ourselves, figuring out what we were going to do for the day – what we were going to play – what we were going to create – what we were going to learn or read, or where we were going to travel too and explore (in our imaginations perhaps)…
Ahhh – those were the days – so full of life and adventures, of imagination and creativity!
Do you remember them too?
But then something happened… as we started to get older – school began to take tiny pieces of our imaginations throughout our time for homework and studies. But wait, there was a trade off. In return – schooling gave us more things to think about and ponder, as well as more educated and creative ways of doing things.
At times – in fact – it appeared that our imaginations got stronger, were more focused – and even more creative energies emerged.
But then, before we knew it school was over and something else happened…
Life happened! In my opinion – it seemed that our daily lives got busy being busy…
With life being in full swing – you know – having a job, an apartment (or house), cool cars, bills to pay, and all the other added responsibilities that just kept being added to the list… Somewhere, somehow, at some point we let a valuable piece of ourselves get lost in the shuffle – or stuffed in a trunk. Without even realizing it (or maybe we did realize it, and thus made a conscious choice) – we lost something of our inner selves – our imaginations and creative sense of self (well not everyone of course – I’m just generalizing to make a point).
It’s like we unconsciously harnessed our imaginations and creativeness, and suddenly we were day-dreaming less often and not nearly as adventurous as we once did. It’s like we thought we had to set it all aside so we could get ahead faster and move forward with our working lives, progressing up the ladder. All the while working and worrying about how we were going to make it through our day to day schedules and responsibilities.
Why did we do that – Why did we think we had to do that?
Was it mandated somewhere that it was all a part of growing up… For the sake of future generations I surely hope not.
So – How do we get it back?
I can’t speak for anyone else – but for me – although it’s taken far too long of a time to come to this realization – there’s good news for me… I’m finally doing something about it –
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other people’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” — Steve Jobs
Time is precious and time is limited.
So… make now your time!
Dare to dream and have the courage to pursue your dreams.
Care to share your views… I’d love to hear what you have to say – just leave a comment below.