I have always been creative, expressive, and loved creative things. As a child I wrote short stories and had a wild imagination. During class one day, I believe it was the 5th or 6th grade, the teacher had the class write a journal entry. The journal entry question asked, if I could do or be anything in the world, what would it be? Easy! I jotted my answer down in a snap; I knew what I wanted to do.
When it came time to share with the class, some students said they would be pro athletes or superstars, have a lot of money, and things like that. My teacher called on me and my response was, if I could do anything in the world, I would sit on a cloud because they look really soft. My teacher thought I was a genius. My classmates thought I was weird. I thought, who wouldn’t want to experience that?! It must be the most comfortable thing ever.
Obviously, I had never heard of anyone sitting on a cloud before. Prior to being asked what I would do if impossibility didn’t exist, I hadn’t considered it. But there is something about giving someone an invitation to dream. It allows them to think without limitation and push the boundaries of what’s possible; it literally births innovators and culture shapers. Creativity requires inquiry, curiosity, and imagination.
When did you stop exploring and imagining yourself doing the impossible? If your ability to dream has been lost, now is the time to find it. Trust me, I get it. I lost it, too, while in these streets adulting. Unfortunately, duty and responsibility can make us forget the beauty of discover. But this is your cue to think outside of the box, to wildly imagine; this is your cue to create that thing that you’ve seen in your mind that is bigger than you.
So, go ahead and sit for a minute. Think beyond what you know until you get to what could be. What do you see? Write it down.
It is possible.