It keeps you young. It inspires your mind and body. It sparks creativity.
How do they cook Lay’s potato chips? Did cave men have fingernails that were overgrown by their cuticles? Do trees look upon wooden electric poles and wonder if that is their fate? Why isn’t there a cable company that provide custom cable packages? Those are just a couple of questions I’ve asked myself recently while imagining away.
Am I weird? Yes. Are you weird in one way or another? Yes. I don’t know if you use your imagination or wonder in the same way as I do, but I hope you exercise the right to imagine about objects and people and processes that are beyond your immediate ability to grasp. Even if there will never be an answer or truth to put your wonder to rest, you must exercise your brain in this way. Please.
The reason being that it helps you move beyond that which is immediately in front of you. It moves you beyond your cubicle or computer and forces your brain to imagine the unimaginable or to contemplate the unanswerable questions in life. Or maybe it just prompts you to learn something new – like how a Lays factory works.
But eventually, imagination and wonder and creativity will all run together to produce a beautiful idea in your mind that the world cannot live without. It will produce tomorrow’s telegraph, light bulb, iPhone, or eReader. Alexander Graham Bell, Samuel B. Morse, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Dean Kamen, Steve Jobs, and on and on…. These people did not live in a world with boundaries. And I am positive that they had more than one idea that seemed impossible at the time… and then came to reality.
Exercise your imagination. And don’t hold back.