Imagination is a human gift. It broadens horizons, making almost everything possible to achieve. It has allowed us to face critical events with more courage, increased transparency, and more creativity. It has opened up more doors of opportunity for us. How unfortunate if our imagination were blocked. It would be depressing to realize that it was accessible only up to a certain point. Luckily for us, till now, that hasn’t been the case. We only have to imagine, and whatever we imagined would become reality.
The ability to imagine has always been the epitome of Mankind. At the starting point in history, you would find how our cavemen loinclothed ancestors once learned how to produce fire. Millenniums down the chronological line would bring you to the first person who initiated the concept of cars and other automobiles that make traveling so much easier for us. Then as you drift further downwards, you would come across the famous old Wright brothers who created the first planes. These inventions and many more were the sole products of our imagination. In fact, imagination – our imagination – has been and still is the engine that drives us to advance from our current standing, conquer our fears, and finally succeed in what we have aimed for.
Find somewhere nice and quiet where you can figure out your own imagination. (Photo credits to Alicia Ai Leng)
It is not right when you say that you are unimaginative. You may never know it, but you do possess a secret chamber of imagination inside your mind that is waiting to be unlocked. And yes, the good news is that the art of imagination is a skill that can be learned, practiced, and perfected. All you require is a little bit of effort and also some patience to let your imagination grow. It does not take much time, too. As a matter of fact, you could actually give a few attempts during your breaks at the office or in school. You will be surprised at how wholesome your life feels after each session. In aesthetic sense, it develops your personality by allowing you to think out of the box (that is what your brain is – it’s a box!). You will find that you can think about every possibility. You will accept the fact that challenges are all about saying “Yes, I can.” That is just how it is – simple, yet profound.
With imagination, we have been able to move forward. The philosopher John Locke mentioned about babies being bornt in a state of tabula rasa (a blank mind), where learning has incepted more spectacular forms of thoughts that has brought us to where we are today. Yes, it is true that our minds were empty. But decades of teaching has planted in our heads the seed of some incredible idea. And when we allow that seed to flourish – when we permit our imagination to take on greater heights – we would be able to harvest its fruits.
A compelling instance, perhaps, would be how the spaceship came about. If it were not for Nicholas Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, Johannes Kepler, and all the other intelligent men who had fathomed the existence of an entire complex Universe that held Earth and several other celestial bodies in gravity, no-one would have conjured up a such unique mode of transport as the spaceship. Therefore, had our imagination been limited, the thought of wandering beyond the atmosphere would not even be realized.
And interestingly enough, our imagination has not stopped there. Our youthful, teeming brains are constantly coming up with fresher, increasingly innovative ideas – ideas that carry us forth from where we are. Ideas that bring us beyond the spaceship.
It is also due to our imagination that we are capable of conquering our fears. The darkness we were once in has transformed wonderfully into light as we muster up courage to explore and widen the depths of our knowledge. For whatever we lack, we would not gain if we harbor feelings of fear, regret, and so on – all of which limits our imagination. Although they do protect us from the harm we perceive, the freedom of our thoughts are inevitably hampered in the process.
Life is all about succeeding through imagination. During our younger days, we used to talk about our dreams as far as we could penetrate our imagination (“I want to become Superman so I can save the world!“). The aforesaid example may be words that come from an innocent 4-year-old, but it is needless to say that nothing stopped us from becoming what we wanted to be. We never grew up to be Superman, but we did manage to do things that help other people. That is how imagination works.
Pablo Picasso once said this: Everything you can imagine is real.
And how true his statement is.