I was speaking with a friend last week and we were talking a bit about dreams and said “can you imagine if someone said to Walt Disney – I am sorry sir, you cannot build a park filled with castles, rides and characters”….Can you imagine if he actually listened to the people who didn’t imagine and believe something so magical could be created? Walt Disney created something from nothing. He had a vision and created a whole new world.
What is the imagination?: the dictionary defines it as: the ability to imagine things that are not real; the ability to form a picture in your mind of something that you have not seen or experienced; the ability to try new things; a creative ability.
In today’s world, imagination is a necessity. Our current culture calls for resourcefulness, problem solving and critical thinking at its best. Steve Jobs imagined a new way to communicate. Dr. Jonas Salk imagined that one day Polio would be eradicated. Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, imagined a new way to not only drink coffee, but to make, serve and sell coffee. Did their ideas work every time? No! Did they continue with their vision? Yes. They were able to see something the rest of us did not.
Science calls for it. Medicine calls for it. Technology calls for it and so does Fashion, Film and Design. One must be able to picture in one’s mind something that “could be”.
Play is a critical component to letting your child’s imagination soar. Children need to play at the park, get messy with paints, run around outside and climb trees. “Free time” allows a child to dream, think, and ponder – critical components to becoming an imagination maker.
See you at art class!