“Did you ever grow anything in the garden of your mind?” – Mr. Rogers
You guys. Check out this sweet video – Mister Rogers Remixed!
While I love the somewhat surprising mix of calm and steady Mr. Rogers with upbeat and funky remix music, what I really love about this is what he’s actually saying. The whole idea of growing something in my mind and imagining something new and creative and letting that idea take root inside of me and become something more than what it started out as.
How often do we let ourselves do that as adults?
So often I think we strike down our imagination with killing phrases like “oh that would never work,” or “I’m not serious about it though,” or “I wouldn’t even know where to begin.” Why do we let things like that stop us? Kids don’t – and they’re known for their creative minds and wacky imaginations.
I remember as a kid I would lie awake for hours in my bed (I was put to bed extremely early and not allowed out for a long time, thank you Mom), imagining what was going to happen next in whatever book I was reading. I came up with scenes that exist only in my head, new characters that walked around solely in my mind, and alternate endings for chapters and whole books.
But I don’t do that anymore. Why is that?
Why is our imagination given less and less attention as we age? Just think what we could possibly achieve if we took those crazy ideas we had and actually put thought into action! And you know, the crazy thing is – so much of the coolest things that we have about today come from people who actually did that, to people who weren’t afraid of their crazy-big idea. Like Orville and Wilbur Wright – surely people thought they were crazy.
A flying machine? If God wanted man to fly, He would have given us wings.
But that didn’t stop them! And look what that’s given us today! What if they had given up on their crazy idea? What would the world be missing?
We grow up and think to ourselves that it’s time to give up such childish fantasies, that we need to be real, that we need to be practical. And while that may be true, I don’t think that needs to come at the sacrifice of the imagined. I believe in a world where fantasy and reality can co-exist. Where dreams can be made to come true, through hard work, perseverance, and just a touch of magic.
So thank you, Mr. Rogers for the reminder that it’s okay to dream, and to grow that dream. That it’s okay to imagine and actually take that imagining seriously. That it’s good to be curious.
So here’s to you, Mr. Rogers! And all the ‘thinks’ I can think!