Imagination as a toy.

Toy Story What was your favorite plaything as a child? Do you see any connection between your life now, and your favorite childhood toy?

I was always the odd one out. Whenever my friends wanted to play board games, I wanted sports and whenever they chose sports, I chose indoor activities. And that is why I do not see one thing that could be singled out as my toy or my anything. I wanted it all, whatever there was, never demanded much though but definitely got  my hand onto everything that I saw could be played with (not people’s hearts or feelings).

I guess curiosity was my thing and imagination my toy. I loved the idea of a world different than others. I was not too big a fan of video games, I did enjoy them but it was all in moderation. My post makes me look like a boring person but I think I lived and believed that variety is the spice in life.

So, television seems like the kind of thing that would have satisfied my hunger for imagination, given that I could not read all the amazing books available out there, after all I was only a normal kid, unfortunately not a prodigy. But the TV remote gave way to a world full of different themes and subjects (like literally they do have channels teaching you math, science and such) and I was enjoying those shows.

I was loving my cartoons and fables and stories, losing myself in them for hours which would later get me spectacles at a very young age, but sprinkled with a dash of outdoorsy stuff – I maintained my touch with the real world and the real fun. So, even though someone else’s, imagination was the toy.

Not to mention how every kid likes to imagine being a super hero, a dragon, Harry potter and friends, some liked being Lord Voldemort and some liked being an animal, but it was all so much fun. Again, there is no one one toy to name. Anyhow, I do understand how our psychology works and sticking to a toy could mean something, but even with all the imagination filled childhood of mine, I did not turn out be like the amazing J.K. Rowling.

Refuge from reality.

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Watching TV!! That’s my refuge from reality. I do take breaks in the form of meditation and exercising – I actually love it. And even science says its not just good for health but for mood as well. But my escape is the television.

Yeah, I am a grown up but would still lose my self watching clean, pure cartoons (not the horrific news about all the sadness in the world or horrendous reality shows). But good quality drama, comedy or simple cartoons that teach you about the ways of life – that’s my favourite genre. It is as good as falling asleep while your granma tells you a bedtime-story.

I am no avid reader or writer, I am just an enthusiastic learner. I like going with the flow and that is what everyone should do. Although, life presents different circumstances for everyone and has very different pace. But in all the madness of chasing that one dream that would settle us in life – we run.

We keep running until we are either tired to do it anymore or have just reached our destination. Either way, we do not take on this sort of journey with a hot head and also we do take breathers every once in a while. And unlike the prompt, no one said you have to choose one of these, it could be all of these – daily or alternately. I mean, it is your escape after all.

Art is another one of my favourite things – music is something where in your soul can take dips into the ocean of an everlasting peace. I do not get paintings and stuff much but music gives meaning to life. We all know very well how music can affect our mood.

It unleashes a range of feelings that you might be unaware of. Like for instance, even when you are not in love, but still understand the pain of separation from a loved one just by listening to a sad love song, or watching/reading a story based on a similar context.

So, in conclusion, we either lose our feelings and bust our stress by working out or something like that or we just replace them by other feelings that could be generated by the emotional context of a story in form of lyrics, poems, songs, prose, pictures, photos, paintings or theatrics. Boy, do we like our respite from the everyday life.