Are children better at imagining than adults?
How would kids react if ordered to record their daydreams, construct plans to make what they’ve imagined real, and then force themselves to stick to those plans?
Is having a “better imagination” wasted on children because they can’t yet see how dreams must be turned into steps and implemented?
I wrote this in September, 2014 (while high):
“When I think, it seems like I’m really just imagining and considering different possibilities.”
After writing that, I went away to think for a while.
Then I got even higher, and wrote:
“Society sells us models of success.
“Tests and means are given to measure and promote those capable of acting like the models we’re all shown.
“Self-help seems to foster a drumming-up-of-will-and-hype dynamic for motivation.
“But I think you naturally imagine what would really make you the most happy when you’re not even paying attention.
“It’s called daydreaming.
“The sad and ironic part is that trying to think and act a certain way pollutes and replaces your natural daydreams with bloated, distorted reflections.
“That’s because fortunes are spent daily on showing and selling you back conflated, generic versions of those simple things you’ve always treasured most.
“It’s called advertising.
“Advertising uses fear to convince you that you should spend your life earning such costly assurances as ownership, control, and permanence before you can enjoy what’s really been free and available to you all along.
“You could save up all your life to buy a house in a quaint meadow once you’re too old to see or appreciate the beauty you’ve bought into.
“Or, you could walk to a meadow right now.
“How permanent is the summer sky you miss seeing in order to one day vacation under it a few days more?
“Is there any form of entertainment you couldn’t immediately access on your phone?
“Instead of stirring yourself up to become more like society’s models, I’m encouraging you to let go of all but those imaginations closest to your heart:
“Smiles, faces, nature, food, laughter…
“A million silly little details lost in all the in-between times…
“Allowing yourself to imagine freely like you did when you were a child is never a matter of effort.
“Weed seems to help me imagine, but what it shows me always reminds me why I don’t want to be getting high so much.
“Your dreams, too, can show you what would be worth waking up to experience.”
Stay out of your own way. Let yourself dream. Forget what everyone else seems to think we’re all supposed to want.
Don’t let yourself be pressured, influenced, or sold to.
Instead, discover your true priorities as you record and share your real experience.
Let yourself be drawn toward a happy world far removed from cultural standards, bottom lines, and public attention.
This isn’t really advice, but: Try it for a year, and then compare the results with those of a year’s worth of motivational meetings.
My high thoughts from above continue:
“Trying to force yourself up some standard ladder leads to a radically different life than being unable to ignore your values as you go public with your experience.
“Either you do all you can to fire yourself up enough to carry yourself along on sheer grit and momentum (doing what you’re told), or you see yourself as you are and grow by the sunlight of your own best daydreams.
“Self-help seminars are a great environment for firing yourself up in unprecedented ways. The hours, days, and weeks that follow aren’t.”
Tomorrow: the power of nothing.