Lame title, I know. But makes sense.
Since I couldn’t join Abe and the others for a weekend on the beach (I had the makings of a bad cold the night before, and I just can’t get sick with all the work I needed to do), Marc and I saw the Bridge to Terabithia last Saturday with my sister and his sister. We actually thought it would be some kind of a Narnia-turned-Lord-of-the-Rings kind of movie, but no. It was just a story about two kids with overactive imaginations.
These kids created a magical world of their own, where they also named themselves the king and the queen. But to go there, they must â€œcross the bridgeâ€ by swinging over a creek and make their minds â€œgo wide open.â€ Itâ€™s a pretty sad story, but for some reason, their overactive imagination reminded me of my own.
I canâ€™t say that they reminded me of me when I was a kid. Because as much as I donâ€™t want to admit itâ€”I still do let my imagination run wild. Besides, if I donâ€™t, I probably wonâ€™t be writing entries on this blog, nor would I be earning from web/blog design.
So, back to my question. What I meant by â€œcrossingâ€ is being able to go into that â€œmagicalâ€ world where anything is possibleâ€”the world of creative imagination.
I usually cross that bridge whenever I do traditional graphic artâ€”I lose myself for hours at a time in this magical world where the trees can be blue and the grass tangerine. In web design, I sometimes do, but I always needed to keep a toe out of Terabithiaâ€”commissioned jobs have specific purposes, so I really canâ€™t let my imagination run wild with those else Iâ€™d lose focus.
Same with blogging. In order to uphold responsible writing, I canâ€™t just let my imagination run amok while I type.
I remember a conversation I had with one of my staff members in college, where I was an editor for our school paper. We were talking about â€œcrossing into that make-believe worldâ€ while doing our art. We both agreed that itâ€™s a wonderful place to be, helping us relax from the pressures of school work and our responsibilities in the paper. After about half an hour of reliving our â€œTerabithiaâ€ experiences, we were joined by somebody who canâ€™t seem to understand what weâ€™re talking about.
You see, not everyone is able to cross the bridge to Terabithia. There are people who are just too much into â€œrealityâ€ and making money that they forget to let loose at least once in a while. They forget what itâ€™s like to be a kid, who believes that anything is possible.
So, can you cross the bridge to Terabithia?
Itâ€™s not that difficult, you know. You just need to keep an open mind 🙂