Believe. A word that once had the highest of significance in our lives as a kid, but one that we seem to have forgotten the meaning of today. Growing up we always allowed mythical characters ranging from princesses to trolls to fuel our imagination, believing that these people truly existed if not in the real world then in the realm of our imagination. Society has always lead us to believe in magical creatures like the tooth fairy right from the age of two, as Santa and his reindeer Rudolph had children all around the world eagerly waiting in anticipation for their presents that would be opened on Christmas morning.
As a kid these magical and mystical beings allowed us to run wild with our imagination with the sky as our limit, little boys would dress up in plastic hats and swords playing the role of prince charming about to save their damsel in distress as they leap through the crocodile infested waters and battle the trolls under the bridge.
The other day I was sitting on my usual train staring out the window, when a squeal of delight caused me to turn my head in that direction.
I looked up to see a 6-year-old boy jump down the stairs with a bounce in each step, as his wild eyes ignited with passion and excitement, before clumsily flopping down on the seat next to his mum.
I watch as he eagerly watched the train gain speed with his face practically plastered to the window, he looked up to his mum and said something that caused my eyes to moisten up as I was immediately reminded of my childhood, he said “ Mummy look it feels like I am going backwards not forwards, like a time machine we are traveling far back in time,” and with that phrase I was reminded of my tomboy self, as I ran wild and free in my rugged shorts and sneakers, allowing the wind to engulf me and take my imagination to a whole new level.
However with the speaker’s monotone voice I was quickly brought back to reality, as I looked at his childlike face break into a charismatic smile I wondered what it would be like to view life through his eyes. To eat chocolate ice cream and actually taste it, to go on a ferry ride and pretend to pirate whose sole mission was to save his ship from drowning , to wake up every morning with not a care in the world, but most importantly to realize that the world is your sandbox and your just here to play.
Due to our rapid and rather hectic lifestyles we forget to take a moment and let our imagination run its course. We seem to have forgotten how exciting it was to go on the train as a kid because to us back then everything was an adventure back then we could have travelled back in time, but most importantly back then anything was possible.. because our imagination had no limits. I guess the point that I’m trying to convey is that every day we should all steal moment from our busy lives and look at the world through the eyes of a kid who knows we just might start believing in miracles again.