Losing Our Imagination

I have lost some imagination and therefore I am having less fun in my life.

I am a creative person in that I can create a spectacle Christmas display (post: The Countdown Is On).  I also have imagination when it comes to seeing the potential in how things can be.  For instance when viewing our current home for the first time, all walls were white and it was bland.  When I first walked into the home, I said “This is the one!”, because my imagination saw the potential of what it could look like.  We bought the home and the painting began; lots of color was added to the walls and the home is now bright, cheery and colorful.

But, I have lost some imagination and therefore I am having less fun in my life.

ideastogo.com article ‘Why You Should Have A Child-Like Imagination (and the Research that Proves It)’ starts with the following:

We all seem to have an instinctive sense that kids are more creative than adults. We don’t question it; we all intuitively just know it’s true and we view it as a natural state for children. And it is. According to Dr. Stephanie Carlson, an expert on childhood brain development at the University of Minnesota, kids spend as much as 2/3 of their time in non-reality—in imaginative play. Other experts have also noted children’s aptitude for creativity. Albert Einstein famously said, “To stimulate creativity, one must develop the childlike inclination for play.” And even Pablo Picasso said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

I am a creative person and will continue to be; but, I have lost some imagination and therefore I am having less fun in my life.

quora.com article ‘How much does a lack of imagination limit our adult lives?’ has information about why we as adults limit our lives due to a lack of imagination.  This article includes the following excerpts:

So thus, science has proven that not having an imagination can essentially limit your potential, and leave you trapped in that boring, 9-5 office job (unless you’re satisfied with that, then that’s great!).

The same article also discusses how imagination can make you more empathetic. Empathy is the key to broadening your social interaction, so, in a sense, imagination can help broaden your social horizons and unlock your social potential. Making new friends and connecting with people is great way to stay happy and fulfilled as an adult, so not having an imagination can ultimately limit you from this fulfillment.

I am a creative person and will continue to be; the next chapter in my life that I hope will start next year with a move will be the beginning of regaining my imagination and becoming childlike again to play.

And I end with the last verse of ‘Pure Imagination’ from Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory –

There is no

 Life I know

 To compare with

 Pure imagination

 Living there

 You’ll be free

 If you truly

 Wish to be

17 thoughts on “Losing Our Imagination

  1. Don’t wait for next year when you finally move! Start right now 😉
    Doodle, play with Lego, dream while you walk and shower and drive 🙂
    I’m so good at giving advice 😉 not so good applying it to myself.
    Liked your post very much
    Turtle Hugs

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  2. love the video…..but don’t wait,,,,let it go now…never stop….do something fun and whimsical today….no matter…just do it and feel it……my husband is constantly calling me crazy…..and I love it!!! I told him he knew how crazy (in a fun way) I was when he married me, so he’s on that train too!!! lol we have to be adults some of the time, but imaginative all the time….XX kat

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  3. What a great post. I don’t think, though, that’s its so much LOSING our imagination, I think it’s just that we don’t have time to utilize it once we become adults. That’s why you need to become delusional and start talking to yourself. Meet your imaginary friend. Sit in your imaginary room and create in your mind–the rest will follow. You visionary, you! XOXOXXOX!!

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  4. Everyone should carve out at least a half hour each day and tap into their imagination. No excuses allowed. Mental yoga. Whatever you want to classify it. Think on only those things that make you happy. At that point who knows…maybe your imagination will change your routine, your relationships, your life.

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    • I agree, in one of many articles I was reading online about this – I did come across information about companies having their employees take breaks for this very reason. Thanks for reading and your comment – much appreciated!

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