“If you have built castles in the sky, Let not your dreams go to waste; Just build the foundations under them.” Henry David Thoreau
I sometimes get really tired of being a grown up. I have always had a vivid imagination but as a grown up I have learned to logic and doubt my way out of almost all of my wildest fantasies. And I really miss those fantasies, dammit.
So I have decided to stop being such a kill joy to my own imagination. To that end I have given myself a project this year. I love to journal and normally I write about things I am grateful for, or about esoteric spiritual ideals and guidance. But for now I have decided that I am going to free myself from any and all limitations. I will begin each day by writing about the day I could be living if there were no limitations.
If I had all of the money, time, freedom and permission to live the life of my wildest dreams, where would I be today, and what would I do? No limits is the only rule. I write a page or two first thing in the morning. I don’t have to share it with anyone, unless I really want to. And you know what? It is so much fun! Yesterday I got a book contract and a movie deal! The day before that I went swimming with the dolphins in Maalaea Bay, Maui. Tomorrow I am planning a moonlight hike up the ruins at Machu Picchu, and I am pretty sure I will see a few UFOs circling in the sky above.
This little exercise is turning out to be the very best 15 minutes of my day.
Dr. Wayne Dyer talks about the power of imagination to create the life you want in his book Wishes Fulfilled. He says “keep in mind this basic axiom – if all that now exists was once imagined, then what you want to exist for you in the future must now be imagined.” So this is my intention: I will untether my dreams and let them be as wild and fantastic as they can be. I will allow myself the freedom to imagine a life for myself beyond the ordinary. I will allow my imagination, in all of its beauty, to guide me to a most extraordinary life.
As a (reluctant) grown up I do understand that not every dream will come true. But as a dreamer, I plan to at least give the universe a plethora of imaginings to choose from. I may be creating a whole new reality for myself or I may simply be building castles in the sky. Either way you look at it, castles in the sky are sure to improve the view, don’t you think?
And a final thought from another favorite Dr. of mine:
“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try.” Dr. Seuss