Our imagination is a wondrous gift. It’s a place where we can dream and come up with incredible ideas, marvelous stories, we can journey to far distant locations, we can solve problems, invent things that have not been invented yet and so much more.
It’s a place where we can conceive another version of ourselves, our “ideal self” one that is full of confidence, is in peak physical shape, is highly intelligent and has a sharp and witty mind, is brave and courageous or any other attribute we wish to be endowed with.
It is also a refuge to escape to when we are dealing with issues and challenges so that we can have some respite, an interval of time to do self analysis, explore other possibilities and perspectives, give ourselves a moment to breathe, regroup and rejuvenate our spirit.
Some of the greatest creations have manifested out of people’s imaginations.
Einstein came up with his theory of relativity by imagining he was traveling on a beam of light.
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution….The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” – Albert Einstein
Walt Disney came up with the concept of Disneyland the Disney animated movies through his imagination.
“If you can dream it, you can do it. First, think. Second, believe. Third, dream. And finally, dare…. Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, dreams are forever.” – Walt Disney
Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn became the founding fathers of the Internet.
“Science fiction does not remain fiction for long. And certainly not on the Internet…I think imaginative exercises can have a profound impact on the future. What you can imagine can sometimes turn into something that you can figure out how to build.” – Vinton Cerf
Apple Computers are the brainchild of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. Later from Apple came the iMac, iPhone and iPad.
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify and vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as crazy, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs
Great inventors and scientists over the ages used their imagination to come up with scientific hypotheses. These speculative leaps of the imagination led to theories and laws that we still use today such as Isaac Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion, Robert Boyle and Boyle’s Law, John Dalton and atomic theory.
Leonardo Da Vinci a genius ahead of his time invented the helicopter, the parachute, the diving suit and the odometer.
The Wright Brothers came up with the first aircraft. Thomas Edison, the first electric light bulb, Alexander Graham Bell, the first telephone.
Great artists created masterpieces on canvas that have forever changed the way we view the world such as the Post Impressionists Monet, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Renoir, Gauguin, and the evolution of styles that followed subsequently led by vanguards such as Picasso, Matisse, Salvador Dali, Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol.
Through his imagination, Michelangelo saw living forms emerging from the enormous blocks of marble that he sculpted and transformed into the stunning figures of the Pietà, David, Moses and the hundreds of other sculptures he brought to life. While his paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel are simply breathtaking!
When it comes to architecture we are swept away by the brilliance of Frank Gehry, Frank Lloyd Wright, Zaha Hadid, Antoni Gaudí, Jørn Utzon and Oscar Niemeyer.
From centuries ago who can forget the iconoclastic beauty of the Taj Mahal, Notre Dame, The Acropolis, Hagia Sophia and Angkor Wat.
Using the medium of story, our own imagination gets piqued by heroic adventures that take us on a journey of discovery through the amazing, the absurd, the obscure and what would any story worth its salt be without a little magic! From J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter series, to C.S. Lewis The Chronicles of Narnia, Prince Caspian, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, to J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, to J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Where will your imagination take you? What have you yet to uncover that you haven’t even explored yet? What treasures are out there waiting for you to discover?
The possibilities are infinite!