Key to Life #5:
CULTIVATE YOUR IMAGINATION
I found this ad a few years ago, and thought it was one of the best ads I had ever seen. The version I saw had the caption "Dream Big" above Yoda's head. It's such a simple concept, but it really conveys perfectly how I feel: that imagination is such an important part of life. And I also believe it to be a dying concept.
I used to work in retail. I was a manager at Hot Topic for close to 7 years. During that time, I saw kids progressively become less and less original and imaginative. In my last days there, the kids that would come in embraced either nostalgic things, such as old 80's shows, or reality TV, or generic music and the style that goes along with it (which is drawn from old styles), instead of trying to be new. The kids had become so image-obsessed with what's "cool" and "trendy" that they had become the opposite of what they aspired to be.
My brother and I grew up with comic books and cartoons and movies and, in later years, music that wasn't as popular with not only kids our age, but within our own family. My mom gave us that freedom of choice. I believe that, because of that, I developed an overactive imagination that I have to this day. Sometimes it feels like my mind goes in like 100 different directions at once, thinking of everything from daily responsibilities to things like "Could Sam Beckett have jumped into Samuel Beckett?" And I'm not gonna lie: I wouldn't trade my imagination for anything in the world. It has allowed me to come up with great jokes (remind me to tell you about my Avatar wheelchair joke), interesting conversation topics, date ideas, and so much more.
When I started writing these, I meant for them to just be about the little rules I live my life by, and not suggestions as of how to live yours, but I do suggest to anyone reading this to use your imaginations more. Turn off the radio or the reality TV show, and... think. Think of anything and everything you can, and see how far your thoughts can take you. Think of other worlds and realities and concepts and people that exist or don't or did or could or all of the above.
But... just imagine.