Pragmatic versus the fantastic

DragonAs a child, I had a vivid imagination and was an avid reader. I lived in fantastical worlds, worlds from books or from my own imagination. In my games I was a princess, an adventurer, a damsel in distress. Anything was possible.

But my childhood (and ongoing) fascination with fantasy has led to a profound sense of dissatisfaction as an adult. Everyday life is drab, humdrum. Real people never embark on great quests or do battle with forces of evil.

Part of me knows it is ridiculous to even feel this way. In the words of Tim Minchin, ‘Isn’t this enough? Just this world? Just this beautiful, complex, wonderfully unfathomable natural world?’ And he’s right, that should be enough. It is pretty amazing.

But where are my dragons? Where’s my holy grail, my quest, my dangerous journey, my mind-reading powers, my bow and arrow with which I will bring down the powers of evil, my letter from Hogwarts?

And so I ask this of my readers: If you had to raise a child, would you want it to have a vivid imagination and then later be disappointed by life? Or would you rather your child be completely down-to-earth and practical?

3 thoughts on “Pragmatic versus the fantastic

  1. Kez says:

    I hope my Little Mister has a fantastic imagination! At the same time, I hope I help teach him enough ‘real’ life lessons & skills as he grows up so he can have the best of both worlds.
    As a child I would fantasise about lots of things, but I was never into fantasy novels or movies (kind of wish I was – that would mean a whole lot more movies and books I could enjoy). I would imagine fantastic ‘real life’ type scenarios and be able to play make believe until the cows came home. I was always a bit of a realist at the same time, I guess! Still am!
    Imagination is important. It helps us problem solve as adults, gives us ways to form dreams and hopes and it gives us a wonderful escape when we need a break. I hope the Little Mister has oodles of it šŸ™‚
    Besides, have you met people with no imagination?? BORING!

  2. Mary Horsfall says:

    It takes imagination to push the boundaries of reality into a new reality.

  3. tattoomummy says:

    Always an imagination. Every day life does not *have* to be boring.
    Take a different path on you walk to the shops, you never know what you will find.
    I never thought I’d get to see dragons either, but I just hatched 4.
    It’s all a big adventure.

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