Mystical fairies looking after us, guiding us, keeping watch over us—it’s not a bad idea, really. We could all use a fairy godmother or godfather every once in a while. Think about how many of us wish Harry was real and there was a place called Hogwarts; why not want to cling to the idea of fantasy? Sometimes the fantastical life is far more interesting and engaging than real life. At least, I think so sometimes, which is why I make up characters and stories and plot lines and write fiction. It’s just so much more fun to believe, I think. My husband and father think the idea of ghosts are just ridiculous, but I say…why not believe in them? And if you refuse to believe in them in real life, at least humor them in fiction.
The little fairy garden my daughter and I created a few months back is thriving. We put plants in the container, and they have taken off. I had to clip them back today because they were growing all over the space. And in this minute, magical, mystical, marvelous, mysterious fairy garden, you never know what happens when we turn our backs, or why the frog leaped off the lily pad. Who knows what they get up to in the middle of the night in there?
That, my friends, is called having an imagination. It’s called being creative. Do you think J.K. Rowling could have invented that amazing Harry Potter series had she not had one? Do you think Steve Jobs would have built the empire he built without utilizing his imagination and creativity? What would Einstein have done without his unique ability to think creatively in any situation? Would any author write if he or she were lacking in imagination? Would songwriters succeed if they didn’t listen to the music that came to them as they created it?
I encourage my daughter to have an imagination, whether it comes in the form of this little fairy garden we grow or in the articles and stories and music I encourage her to write.
Using your imagination…inside and outside the garden…is an important key to life.
Stephanie Verni is the author of Baseball Girl, Beneath the Mimosa Tree, and the co-author of Event Planning: Communicating Theory and Practice.