Why I Care About ImaginationRachel Hastings

What is pictured in the photo above? You may say it’s a cloud and I would say the same. Hey, I’m honest. However, if I’d been asked the same question ten or fifteen years ago, I would have insisted that it was a bunny. Not a cloud, a bunny. There would have been no convincing me otherwise. I credit this retroactive insistence to my then-vivid imagination. But when I look at the image now, I see nothing but a cloud.

Sure, a lot has changed in ten or fifteen years. I’ve grown up, I have responsibilities and bills and life insurance. Yes,  life insurance. But it’s not as though I’ve been forced to give up my imagination. It’s just been pushed aside, buried underneath layers and layers of other attention-occupying activities. And did I mention life insurance?

Long story short: I want my imagination back.

Although TV and movies are great, imagination can provide an escape from reality that doesn’t depend on outside stimuli. But the only situations in which I use it nowadays are when it’s either really hot or really cold outside, and I picture myself in a place of the opposite climate. Though effective, it’s more of a utility than anything else.

So here’s what I want to know: how do I reclaim the imagination I had when I was younger? Is it even possible? I think of it as being something that’s unforced, so I’m not quite sure how to exercise it, so to speak. I know it may not be the same as it was – in fact, it probably won’t be – but it’s certainly worth a try.

While I’m trying to find my own imagination, here are some great, imaginative shows and videos I’ve been watching recently.

1. Adventure Time, on Cartoon Network, is one of my new favorite TV shows. It’s a great combination of silly, smart, and strange. The two main characters are Jake (the dog) and Finn (the human), and Jake is a shape-shifter. If that’s not enough to sell you on it, I don’t know what is.

Adventure Time – Baby Finn

2. Brad Neely has three excellent web series, The Professor Brothers, Baby Cakes and China, Illinois, the third of which makes its Adult Swim debut on October 2nd.

Brad Neely – George Washington

3. BriTANicK, a New York based sketch comedy duo, produces some of the best videos on the internet. The whole internet. In fact, it was very difficult to select only one example to present, so here are two!

BriTANicK – Epic Phone Fail

BriTANicK – Academy Award Winning Movie Trailer

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  1. I have been reading the Anne of Green Gabels series lately I find Anne’s imagination to be such an inspiration! She has helped me to take a completely different view of my surroundings, and my life!

  2. I have the same problem! I don’t know what happened or when exactly it happened but I somehow stopped relying on my imagination. I slipped into daydreams whenever I had a free moment–waiting in line, fixing my makeup, driving. Even when I didn’t have free moment, like during class, I was absorbed with being somewhere else. And when I was younger I was so much more passionate and dramatic.

    As a child imagination was a part of play, as a teenager it was an escape, and now as an adult I can’t daydream through work or I’ll be fired. And any free moments I guess are spent planning and organizing, socializing, or vegging. Sigh…

  3. At the risk of sounding like a loony, I can’t help but see that cloud as an elephant with no ears on its side and a man with a snowcap and a winter jacket is resting on it. And no, I’m currently not on anything, my brain just normally functions like this. XD

  4. Thank you so much for Britanick!!! FreddieW is amazing also and very creative =D

  5. I am Babycakes, I am Babycakes I am the WORLD!

    I love the Professor Brothers too, Prisioner Christmas is a classic.

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