We can get so busy with our day to day lives that we forget to imagine, to dream, to hope. When we imagine we bring alive possibilities, new ways of being, new things to do, new ways to think about things. We can feel reinvigorated, energised when we allow ourselves to imagine.
Children imagine all the time.They think about things that could be. They have a curiosity that can be endless, no boundaries to it. They seek answers to their questions and they wonder why things aren't the way they think they should be.
Adults sometimes get busy, sometimes have learned to face the realities of life and have sometimes been faced with the knowledge that some things we imagine or hope for just won't happen. So it's easy to give up on imaginings, facing reality or facts instead.
When we want to take better care of ourselves we can use imaginings to take ourselves away from our day to day life. This might give us some space, some relief from what is the norm. It might help us to go back to our day to day life with renewed vigour.
Or through these imaginings we might work out some plans. Some things that seemed impossible might suddenly seem a little bit closer to becoming possible. They might help us to feel more confident about making some changes to our life. We might be able to create some plans to look at an old situation through new eyes.
One of my favorite ways to imagine what could be are the travel memoirs of people, often women, deciding to pack up their busy, and often unfulfilling, lives to move to another place far away. These memoirs serve as imaginings for me but they also move me closer to the realisation that we do actually have some choices, some decisions we can make if we really want to.These memoirs often have positive outcomes but not always. Sometimes there are struggles,surprises and disappointments along the way but it's usually the journey, the opportunity, that matters most.
So we can use our imaginings to give us a chance to reflect on what is, and what could be. We can use it to give ourselves some space, some time out. We can use it to keep us hopeful, positive about the future and what it may bring.