“I’m not much of a math and science guy. I spent most of my time in school daydreaming and managed to turn it into a living.” George Lucas
The blog image was taken a couple of years ago and last night I found it during one of my winter file searches and decided that it needed my attention. While working through the myriad of processes my mind wandered to the many times I was caught by a teacher looking out a window while daydreaming. I can’t say that it was helpful with my grade calculations, but I can’t say it hurt ME.
Further along, while punching the keyboard in an effort to complete this visual concept of books, window and light I also started to wonder about today’s youth and their opportunity, or lack thereof, for daydreaming as an act of mental adventure. In my day there weren’t such things as cell phones, iPads or even computers. The nearest thing to “reaching out and touching someone” usually occurred before or after school, at the lunch table, on walks home from school, etc. In other words our communications were either face to face, written or on the telephone, which came with a cord to anchor a youth to the home with parents nearby.
Today it seems much different and I can’t help but wonder where is there time enough for day dreaming, searching ones inner most thoughts or wishing? With phones going off, video games blasting and texting to be done, how is there ever time for good old fashioned dreaming…of which I think wishing plays a part?
I think the Lucas quote above is an example of daydreaming on steroids as he was the developer of the whole Star Wars saga that my kids eagerly watched and I drooled right along with them. To me this is as good example as any that a lot of creativity, if not all, may begin with day dreams and wishes and, as I’ve discussed with other artists, this creativity finds its way into the workplace and usually develops into new products and other fascinating avenues.
Don’t get me wrong…I wouldn’t be sitting at the computer today if it weren’t for technology, and even a lot of technology was developed in someone’s small garage, bedroom, classroom science class and other such places as a result of day dreaming. But, and this is the question I pondered last evening, do we allow are children and even ourselves, the “adults” in the room, the opportunity to day dream, to wish and to believe in… magic?
Think about it.
Sic “Em Bears.
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