It’s a sad fact that once you pass the age of around seven or eight years old, you start to lose the ability to let your imagination run wild. Kids will always find it easier and more natural to make up stories, create new worlds and even come up with unusual names for their toys and teddy bears than the adults around them. But just how important is having an active imagination? The older we get, the less important it may seem, but the answer is simple: imagination is absolutely vital.
No matter what age you are, there’s a lot to be said for being able to turn a cardboard box into a rocket ship, a blanket into a fort, or even being able to think outside the box in order to solve a complicated problem, so without further ado, here are six reasons why imagination is much more important than reality.
It keeps us going
The stresses and strains of ordinary daily life can creep up on us all from time to time, and whether it’s bills, laundry, the commute to work, or any number of other responsibilities, having a vivid imagination can really help get you through the day.
No matter whether you use your imagination to picture yourself in a nice hot bubble bath, or to come up with some new life goals that you would like to achieve, it is the power of the mind that helps get you to a much happier place and can cut through the boring drudgery of day to day life.
Imagination is the mother of invention
It’s a simple fact that absolutely every thing that was ever invented was created because someone had an idea that no one else had had before. Using your imagination to push the boundaries, to solve problems, or to improve upon ideas is absolutely crucial to human evolution and imagination is the main reason for the technological era that we live in.
Just look at the likes of Mark Zuckerburg and Steve Jobs who have built companies on the idea of imagination and innovation, and who have constantly tried to stay at the pinnacle of what is new and exciting.
The older we get, the more bogged down we get in the trivialities and technicalities of adult life. Taking some time out to let your imagination run wild and break yourself free from the restraints of being a grown-up can actually have extremely beneficial effects. Do you remember the last time you battled dragons, commanded kingdoms or sailed the seven seas? Forget reality, sometimes you just need a little creativity in your life!
Put plainly, using your imagination to create alternate universes and letting your creative juices flow can be a whole lot of fun.
It can be therapeutic.
Whether you write a story, make up a pretend scenario for the kids to enjoy, or just take a few minutes to dream of all the things that you would love to do, your imagination is a natural form of therapy that is absolutely free!
The mind is an extremely powerful thing, and there’s a lot to be said for feeding your creativity and deviating from your usual routine. Meditation and positive thinking also utilize our imaginations in order to help build a better, more optimistic outlook.
It helps us make sense of the world
There are hundreds of times each day where you are required to use your imagination in order to picture a scenario in your head, work out a hypothetical situation or imagine any number of things which don’t really exist in the real world, and it is our unique ability as humans to use our imaginations, that helps us to make sense of the things in the world around us. Whether it’s brainstorming, bouncing ideas off each other, or just thinking a situation through, your imagination plays a much bigger part than you may think.
It gives us morality
Believe it or not (ironically that relies on your imagination too), our ability to make moral decisions relies heavily on our imaginations of what the outcome of certain scenarios will be. When a moral debate arises in our heads we will weigh up each of the options depending on what we imagine will happen, thus making our imagination an extremely important, and very powerful tool.
From birth until death, our imaginations play a key part in almost every facet of our lives, and these are just a few reasons why imagination is so much more important than reality. Often overlooked, dampened and suppressed, it’s imperative that we nurture and nourish our imaginations over time so they grow and develop with us.