Long Live the Imagination!

I read an article recently about how to spark your child’s creativity. I’ve since lost the link to the article. The article talked about the many things you could do to help encourage a child to use their imagination, to develop and nurture it. It went on to talk about how an adult is shaped by the type of childhood they have and once we’re adults our imaginations die.

I agree that we must foster creativity in children. But I think we must also be careful not to kill a child’s imagination out of spite or jealousy. Don’t hold them back. Let them wonder, create, act, and play. Let them be children. Be children with them.

If you know anything about Calvin and Hobbes, then you’ll realize immediately that something is wrong with this scene.

It is a fake. It’s been floating about the internet. I don’t know it’s origin, but I hear that this is how some people believed that the strip should have ended. But doesn’t that depress you? This is my point entirely! Would you have wanted Calvin to kill his imagination in the end? (By the way, THIS is the REAL final strip.)

Anyone who knows me knows how much this thought upsets me. A person’s imagination shouldn’t die, it shouldn’t even suffer. It should grow and thrive for years and years to come. When you’re old and gray, don’t watch your grandchildren playing, get out there and do it with them.

Sure, the imagination is a muscle to be exercised, but it can be an exciting exercise if you try. You’re never too old to pretend. Just look at all the celebrities that you gossip about. They’ve made careers out of it.

It doesn’t matter what your age, you should do something that makes you feel like a kid again. And don’t be ashamed or embarrassed! I’m only twenty-one but I intend to exercise my imagination until the day I die. There are so many worlds to discover and if you let go of your imagination then you’ve willfully destroyed your only doorway into those places.

Play with your children. They’ll think they have the coolest parents ever and you’ll have more fun than you’ll be willing to admit.

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Comments (3)

ZacApril 23rd, 2007 at 8:59 PM

look, a rock.

KyleApril 23rd, 2007 at 9:10 PM

I’m digging the post, I like the idea of having fun with your children. Not only will that help their imagination, but also help them to grow into stable people and allow you a stronger relationship with them.

GaryAugust 15th, 2009 at 5:45 PM

Age is man-made anyway. The only reason why we stop drawing in coloring books is because someone tells us it is childish, or we learn to use a better tool for our imagination. Can you imagine a world without paintings, sculptures, or books? Perhaps you can if you have already lost your imagination. Luckily it is easy to find again.

So go ahead and laugh at me for being childish, no matter my age, or laugh with me when I play with a new toy, smell a pink erase, or throw five balls in the air and try to catch them. I promise you will feel younger and live longer if you choose the latter.

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