Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A Dream of Wonder


Whatever happened to the kid who sat in awe at Star Wars? The one who dreamed of taking up a light saber and charging into battle. Discovering the Holy Grail with Indiana Jones. Uncovering the mysteries of Time Travel with Doc Brown and Marty McFly. The kid who sought out Jumanji, and fought off Kong in the jungle. The same kid who wanted a pet Pooka named Harvey. Thought taking a vacation in Oz would be a beautiful event, and did so regularly in imagination. The kid who saw The Neverending Story as a goal, and not a fantasy.

You know what happened to that kid? Nothing. Only now he dreams of more. A mystical fairground between worlds. A death defying charge into the heart of Mordor. A quiet expedition through the land of Pandora. Swashbuckling with Pirates in the Carribean. Entering land's unknown via the most subtle Wardrobe, if only to share a tale with a talking Lion.

Sure, that kid could be thrown aside. Could ignore worlds unseen in favor of problems of today.

But why? Why forsake imagination only to seek it out in twilight years. Ask yourself whatever happened to, when you can be it everyday. Do the taxes, go to work, come home, watch tv, sleep. Is that it? Is there no room for Middle Earth and Narnia? No galaxies far far away? No world without time or place?

I say of course there is. Do not escape the real, just embrace the fantasy. Find the kid who sat in wonder at the dawn of a new world. Love the idea of being apart of it. Creating it, living it, defining it. For these fantasies are not just creations of cinema, but creations of human ambition. Our ability to always seek out the new in the world.

Embrace the Dream. Embrace the Wonder. Aspire to be the fantasy you so seek. And then, when you have saved enough worlds, brought about enough peace, lived to the peek of fantasy... start over, and do it once more.

- Univarn

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DEZMOND said...

spoken by a true dreamer ;)

SugaryCynic said...


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MovieNut14 said...

Nice piece.

Mike Lippert said...

This is a lovely post. I'm not sure how old you are but since you just graduated I'm sure you're over 20 so I'll lump us together. I feel bad for kids today who have to trade in imagination for special effects and loud noises. Yes Pixar delivers and some others do, but movies were so much more pure and magical back then.

Univarn said...

@Mike I'd argue if anything these days Kids have the opportunity to truly immerse their imagination in a world, and just don't take it. The visuals of Avatar, LotR, Harry Potter, etc. provide them with such a breadth of ideas to be absorbed by, but it's just 3 hours and done. To this day I sit and imagine what it would be like to be an Elf, or a Wizard, or a Marine in an uncharted world. Such worlds should be loved, embraced, not enjoyed, and then forgotten.

Oh, and for the record I'm 23 :)

Castor said...

Great post that you should send this to all the major movie studios! I think the lack of imagination is nowhere more obvious than in the sci-fi genre which has been really unimpressive the last few years even though by definition, it is the genre that is the most conducive to wild imagination.

Red said...

Nicely done.

Anonymous said...

Great post, the power of imagination if only we know how to use it.

The Mad Hatter said...

Not sure how this one got past me, but I'm glad for Sunday mornings where I can dig back into the blogs.

This is very well said young man, perhaps we'd all be a little happier in life if we could all let go of our individual stresses for a few moments, and as you so eloquently put it - embrace the dream.

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