“I Know, It’s Tragic…”

My son brings so much fun into my life on a daily basis. My husband just told me about my son’s newest favorite phrase: “I know, it’s tragic.” He says this in response to a whole host of situations, trying them out to see how they work.

I love how children practice new words and phrases, trying them out to see how they work and to get accustomed to using them in their everyday language. It’s a skill that we, as adults and especially as writers, should continue to do.

The wonder of a child is so precious. It would be more than just a little awesome to be able to retain that childhood wonder. And the imagination of a child! They are so full of that stuff that they could provide tons of inspiration for years down the road if you’re truly in-tuned to it.

My son is fun to listen to when he doesn’t know I’m listening. He has full-out conversations with imaginary people. He has a whole world locked in his head. It’s incredible. I wonder sometimes if I was ever half as imaginative as he is. And I think back to those days. YES! I was that creative, imaginative and full of wonder. I explored, discovered, imagined and played just as hard as any kid.

We all did.

The problem is we’ve just forgotten how to truly let our imaginations soar as we once did when we were children. Children don’t put filters on their imaginations. They don’t put restrictions on their stories or say, “that could never happen in real life.”

What if we could do that, too? What if we could just let our minds wander, limitless, to explore and discover whatever it chooses to find?

I listen to my child play. I get mad inspiration from his imagination. And you can do the same thing. If you have children then you probably already know how amazing your child’s imagination play is. But if you don’t have any kids, you can easily go to a park where children play, or hang out with your friend who has kids and just tune-in to what exciting things come out of their conversations.

It’s an exercise in letting your mind truly explore possibilities and impossibilities. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll free your own imagination to find exciting stories on its own.

Published in: on March 19, 2012 at 10:00 am  Comments (1)  
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