Finding Your Imagination

Loren - LaGrange, Illinois
Entered on February 8, 2009
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: creativity

Once upon a time, I embarked on a new era which changed my life. Back then, I was short and innocent with my eyes having not seen the truth behind the stressful world of society and work. My mind was novice, and I was young and free, free to discover on my own without any rules. Even with my liberty, I was not adventurous, but dangerously cautious and narrow-minded. However, that was about to change.

One day, in first grade, my classmates and I went to the school library as we normally did once a week. The boys tackled for the Hardy Boys while the girls went for the Judy B. Jones, but both rushed for the Which Way Books; the books that let you choose your own quest such as “If you think that you should go and slay the dragon, turn to page 79.” Sometimes your story ended happily ever after while other times you got tossed into a black hole or eaten by giant spiders. That day, I opened one up and in doing so opened my mind to constructive wonder. I began to read them often, placing myself in different worlds filled with mystical creatures and supernatural beings. My mind began to paint pictures of what I thought these other worlds looked like…enchanted castles, princesses of pulchritude, and dazzling unicorns.

The images grew clearer and more elaborate as I started to pretend, building models representing those paintings my mind drew. I established an edifice that contained my own world. And that is what I believe.

I believe in imagination. I believe there are fairies hidden in the flowers, talking animals in the forests, and kingdoms at the back of wardrobes. I believe imagination is a vital aspect to our way of life that allows us to do the extraordinary, that allows us to dream. Without dreams no skyscrapers would have been built, nor light bulbs ever created; the Earth would be lacking in its wonders. Imagination reveals an entire universe filled with ideas which motivate us to consider the impossible, possible. Imagination also lets us find the magic deep within ourselves which gives us insight to who we are mentally and creatively.

Now, ever since I read those books, I have an imagination that I can be proud of and grateful for. It has permitted me to reach beyond my limitations, especially in my writing and reading experiences. It helped me find what I am passionate about. In the future I will be able to further utilize my imagination to achieve success in life, to fulfill my dream of becoming an author. All I have to do is choose a path, a story, an adventure, and hopefully, I will live happily ever after.