There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again.
Do you believe in hail marys, happy endings, and comeback stories? You should. We all should. The actual play book of Life. Santa Clause? The catch phrase – those who don’t believe, shall not receive… ever so popular. Wonder why. There’s meaning there. And Yes, Virginia there is
Magic, wishes, and make believe are all a crucial part of childhood. It fosters creativity, imagination, and growth. Yes, growth. Childhood is the most beautiful of life’s seasons.
We as children grew up pretending, playing, and make believing. When you think about it, no one had to teach us how to make believe, how to play, we just did as second nature, by default. Little boys can turn any object into guns and arsenal in a blink of an eye with warfare sounds erupting from their spitting little mouths. Little girls can transform into a glamorous princess, tea party attendee, or rock a-bye baby in an instant. Their own creative fantasy world if you will. A safe haven. A happy place in life.
As adults, in actuality, fantasy & pretending becomes an escape from reality.
I call bullshit.
Sidebar– notice how children genuinely giggle, happy by nature. Adults genuinely sad or lost.
If happiness is the ultimate goal in life, then why aren’t we studying and observing that very notion, that very goal we yearn to obtain?
Instead we, as adults, leave childhood behind so we can grow up and become miserable. But there is hope. There is always hope darling.
“Let our own imagination guide us, and never cease to
follow it. For if we do, we grow up and the child inside us is
Remember the poem by Shel Silverstein I mentioned before? It’s worth reading again. Here it is…
Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.
Summary… Don’t listen to the negative world, naysayers, pessimists. They will try to still your joy. Calculated or not. Instead, why not embrace your dream? Embrace your pretend. Embrace your happily ever after. #BAM
Peter Pan. I bet you just smiled. I did. How can you not? This fairy tale classic depicts this very scenario.
I shook my head, folding my arms around my waist. He was wrong; he was the one offering fairy dust, Peter Pan offering to carry me off to the Neverland of soulfinders and happily ever after. But he was too late. Last night I had to grow up and I knew that such dreams did not exist; real life was more like living with Captain Hook’s mercenary pirates than playing happy families in a treehouse.
Joss Stirling, Stealing Phoenix (Benedicts, #2)
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In the happiest of our childhood memories, our parents were happy, too. Notice the golden thread stringing each challenge day together with the others? Each day is a culmination of the next…
Throw away any doubt. Throw away the self-deprecation love;
It’s rather unbecoming.
Action Item –
We have a need for enchantment that is as deep and devoted as our need for food and water.
Derrick Jensen, The Culture of Make Believe
Guess what? We get to pretend today. Have a tea party. Build a fort. Throw a sheet over the couch, crawl in with a flashlight and a good book. Remember, only takes 5-10 minutes. More if you like.
See above. As important as food and water. #SoulRecess
Think I’ll wear my tool skirt today. Crown always on. Giggle.
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Where did fairies come from?
When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.
J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan