Something as simple as clouds can make your whole day better…
Do you ever worry, as an adult, that you are losing some aspects of your imagination. I think, as we get older, that our imagination, if not used correctly, starts to disappear. Sure we use it for things like imagining the worst case scenario of any given situation but as the bills mount and as the responsibilities weigh heavily, we seem to forget how amazing the human brain and its imaginative capabilities are.
A few weeks ago my kids and I went out and we bought a soccer ball. We took it to our local park and after playing for ages and ages (or, if you must know, a very unfit 10 minutes) we lay down on the grass in the shade. I remember as a kid, lying down on our trampoline at home and finding all different things in the clouds. Animals and buildings, faces and objects. Looking up at the clouds this time, I saw… stratocumulus forms. That is, until my kids started seeing things.
“Look, a dinosaur!”
“That one looks like a baby meerkat”
“Hey, over there! Poop!”
Granted, that last one was me but I was doing it! I was using my imagination to see things in the clouds!
A short time after that, I was playing D&D with my wife, my sister-in-law and my brother-in-law, and I could feel the imagination stirring. It was like that cloud experience showed me that there was still something there, still a working system that could create new worlds and I was excited to see where that could take me. We played long into the night using our joint imagination to create a story, (albeit a story based on peeing on stuff and being accidentally racially insensitive to gnomes). I can’t wait to continue to find uses for an imagination that I feel is coming back in full force!
As adults, we sometimes forget to use our imaginations for fun instead of fear. If every time we imagine something, it’s imagined with fear, it teaches us to fear our imagination, and that is definitely something that we shouldn’t do! Sometimes we just need to lie down on the grass and experience the awe-inspiring world around us to kick start our imaginations again. Of course, sometimes it’s better to have kids around to teach you a better way to view the world too!
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