From birth, we are constantly drawn to the unknown and fantasy of ignorance. The mystery and lure of childhood is something we covet and hold close to the inner sanctums of our memories. From our beginnings, we seek knowledge, understanding and truth. We also linger on the ignorance of imagination. From believing a man could fit down a chimney as a child, to the outer limits of space as an adult, our imagination may dither, but it never truly fades. That is why it is so important for us the harness our imagination, but never suppress it. Seeking truth and understanding requires that bit of imagination and can drive us to greater reaches.
No great men or women in our history pushed human understanding and advancement without a key dosage of imagination mixed into their brazen exploration of the world around them. Without imagination, we wouldn’t understand the construct of our DNA or the theory of relativity. All the great things we currently take advantage of (including you reading this exact sentence, on this machine, in the current established area of the world right now) is actually the culmination of thousands of years of imagination harnessed into innovation.
Without our imagination, we cannot have ingenuity, invocation or understanding. When you think of a genius, does the image of Einstein, Freud or DaVinci flash quickly across your mind’s eye? Or, do you see Warhol, Armstrong or Chanel? The spectrum of genius is as bright and colorful as the rays of Newton’s prism rainbow. Figuring out where you fit in that prism can take a year, or even an entire lifetime, but there is one thing each person is harnessing when exploring what drives them.
From science, industry and literature to art, fashion and music geniuses throughout our history called upon their imagination to guide them in exploring the world around them and how they see it. Imagine, if you will, what you would like to leave to the world around you. Your gift. Your mark. Your “I was here”. What do you imagine for yourself? A family? A movement? A perfect shot? A perfect Battement en Rond? It’s hard to find perfect if you can’t imagine what it looks like.
My idea of perfect is making those select few who look at my artwork smirk. Their eyes lower and scrunch. The corners of their mouths stretch and dip with a smile. They see my wit. They see that extra step where it connects us for just a moment. It’s a brief moment, just like the first time you see a movie and you figure out who the killer is. You’ve solved the puzzle, connected the dots. You get it. That is my perfect and I find myself imagining reaching it every day.
So, we should ask not what your world can do for you, but IMAGINE what you can do for the world around you.