Do you remember when you could fly? All you had to do was take a towel off the clothesline, use clothespins to attach it to the shoulders of your t-shirt and off into the sky you would soar! Do you remember when you could be anything, do anything, go anywhere? Do you remember when there were no limits? If you could think it you could do it.
When we are young there is nothing we can’t do; we are all great singers, artists, adventurers. As we grow, as we “become” adults, our possibilities get more and more limited. Growing up is less about “becoming” than it is about limiting. When it comes to creativity we don’t grow, we shrink. We have fewer possibilities, fewer options; as adults we can no longer fly…
As we “learn” more, our possibilities become fewer. We become limited, jaded, boxed. A mentor of mine would often quote Richard Bach; “Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they’re yours.” Adulthood is the layering of limitations. The more we “know” the less we think is possible. The addition of knowledge subtracts possibilities.
There are thousands of reasons why things can’t be done. Processes can’t be improved. Progress can’t be made. And there is one reason why we can do anything; we can do anything because we are resourceful, intelligent, adaptable and creative (ok, maybe more than one reason).
I remember going to the moon. My rocket ship was my aunt’s porch and our communications equipment were tin cans and kite string. We believed we could hear each other’s voices through that string, we were more likely just hearing each other from around the corner. Still, we were going to the moon.
Imagine! What if we intentionally re-opened our childhood minds to look for possibilities rather than limitations? What if we chose to ignore limitations? What if we united our adult accumulation of information with our childhood belief that anything is possible; what could we create then? I think the only limit is our imagination, the only limit is the sky.
Let’s set goals… Let’s look for the possible…
Let’s Make Believe Again!