Did you ever read the Hardy Boys? Tom Swift? Nancy Drew?
I miss reading those books. When I was a kid, I would sit and read for hours and hours. My favourite thing to do as a kid was play sports and read books. I loved reading because I could get so caught up in the books and just let my imagination run wild.
I’ve been watching a lot of movies lately. Like I watched 5 movies on Sunday. Yeah. A lot. But I love them. But since it’s so visual, our imagination is used in a different way. Instead of trying to visualize what the characters and the scenery looks like, we instead try to imagine where the story is going and what will happen. I love having that mindset when watching movies because I never hate a movie. I don’t have expectations about a movie. I can watch a movie that most people hate and absolutely love it. Or a movie that isn’t huge and love it. Like City of Ember. I hadn’t heard of it, but downloaded it last week. I watched it last night and got super into the movie. I had no idea what it was about but the story was exciting and I was getting so excited trying to imagine what was going to happen next.
I find television boring in that sense. Too much of it is predictable. But, I am into a few tv shows. Biggest Loser, Nip Tuck, Chuck, Apprentice and Entourage. But, I download them (sans les commercials) and watch it when I have time. It’s great that way. Gives me a nice break in my week.
I think everyone should find ways to stimulate their minds and find out what entertains them. As much as it’s important to do what you love, you also need to have a balance. Work, hobby, entertainment.
For me that’s my tv shows, movies and reading. I’m pretty sick of going out and getting drunk. It’s expensive, it’s loud and you don’t really get to talk to your friends, it’s not healthy, and I hate waking up feeling even a little bit hungover. I will do it whenever Paul is in town, but that’s about it.
You just need to find a good balance in life. Be as busy as you want; as long as what you’re busy doing all balances out it’s good. Take time to fuel your imagination. Be entertained. Be imaginative. How that’s done comes in many different forms so find what works for you.