In The Imaginations of Children

I was once told that the world revolves around the imaginations of children. In a child’s eyes, their inner minds, they see what an adult would reject and heap scorn upon. They imagine the worlds they wish for, rather than that which they inhabit. Dreams of outer space, dinosaurs and the like then transcend to professions, pastimes, as life takes over. The giving structure to what they once only held as fantastical seems to be expected of them. Yes, an adult attempts to dilute the dreams of the child by making them tangible. As such there becomes less and less to dream. The older generations seek to quash the fantasies of the youth as if to negate their own youth. But not all adults.
 There are those who refuse to have their fantasies compromised. As those children rise to adulthood, they retreat to the depths of their imagination and expand upon them. These are the writers, poets, songsmiths and other creatives, those who are dismissed and often scorned by the ‘sensible’ ones. Yet do we see children at war over imagined beliefs, fighting over floorspace: no, we do not.
 So when the adult writer puts pen to page, fingers to keypad, and manages to transport a child, or whomever, to a world not of this, then I say well done. If they can give a youngster a little bit back of what has been stripped from them then has to be a good thing. For I would rather imagine even one future myth than a million current facts.
 At least, that’s what I tell myself every single day that I write.

69 thoughts on “In The Imaginations of Children

  1. Beautifully written. I specifically loved the line – “For I would rather imagine even one future myth than a million current facts.” – I’d like to think the same, if I can.
    Thanks for sharing, Richard. 🙂

  2. Reblogged this on Reset Parenting and commented:
    I read this and thought not only how true, but also how wonderful. Let us as parents never be scared to let children dream for their wildest dreams just might become their reality or at least that has been my experience with my children 🙂

  3. Stunning Richard – absolutely stunning! I’ve reblogged on my blog because that is a message all adults need to here. Too often children are told not to be silly or to stop dreaming with the fairies, have wild fantasies, grow up etc. Yet I have found with my own children that it is precisely letting them dream whatever, whenever, however, has given them the focus to go on and live the dream and living the dream in the real world stifles discontentment and all the ails that beset the world that wars with itself and others. So bravo to you for writing this. Brilliant – absolutely brilliant *****

      1. Well I’m so glad you did. I’ve shared on FB as well and am about to litter twitter. I literally loathe those who damn children’s imagination. Their dreams and wishes are their stepping stones to their future. Who cares if they don’t become the next Rooney on the footie pitch or Murray on the tennis court or whatever, so long as they have a focus, they are motivated to achieve. It’s so much bigger than these small minded individuals would ever see. Oh I could go on and on about this …. it is my passion and a large part of my work with Acorns and Oaks from young to old. 🙂

  4. Oh WOWZA, what wonderful words, Richard–my fave part is that children do not war over imagined beliefs, so TRUE! Thank you for this marvelous gift of affirmation of “creatives”–makes me proud to be a poet today. xxxooo

  5. Reblogged this on Tell me about it and commented:
    Wow this man can write! It is no secret how much I love his writing and his friendship. I don’t know about you but I’m somewhere fun, safe, beautiful transported daily by his beautiful work! 😀 What a blessing he is! 😀

  6. Food for thought, thanks Richard. Imagine if.. for just one day, children could replace all the adults in all the positions of power (UN chief, US Pres, Russian Pres, etc), how different our world might look, and how much more hope we’d have in the future.

  7. There are a great many Adults who avoid Children and have lost the freshness in their lives. The Artists, Dreamers, Writers, Creators give back to the Children – but they have to be the source to give back to the Adults, as well. A large responsibility for a “fluff -n- nutter” way to make money. 🙂

      1. It is actually the name of a sandwich made with Peanut butter and Marshmallow Fluff. In the States we use the name/ phrase to describe things that are — not really useful / not really work, etc. XO

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