The Magic In Ordinary Things
Since I was a child, I've always had an overactive imagination. Playtime involved building pillow fortresses, climbing onto anything my little self could reach and risking my life in the process. I still have some scars that are remnants of my childhood; proof that I was no dainty little princess. I mean really, looking back at my childhood I'm surprised I'm still alive. My wild imagination and creativity helped me become anyone and anything I wanted to be.
With my legs inside a pillowcase, I was immediately transformed into a mermaid. When my stuffed animals were around me, I was a vet nursing injured wildlife back to health. When I was in a bathtub filled with foam so high it was twice my size, I was an Eskimo in an igloo. When I was playing with my kitchen play set, I was a Michelin chef. As I was rummaging through the wilderness of my back garden, I was an explorer searching for a rare plant that would cure all illnesses.
There wasn't anything I couldn't be. All I had to do was imagine it and I became it. At the end of a long adventure-filled day, I would slip under my bed sheets and stare at the stars surrounding me until I fell asleep. Yep, stars. I stuck glow-in-the-dark stickers all over my room because I wanted to sleep in the milky way. To this day, I'm still enchanted by the constellations on a dark, starry night. This is partly because the story books I've read as a child would always describe stars in such a mesmerising way.
Finding delight in ordinary things comes second nature to children. They bring magic wherever they go because they see the world with eyes that seek it and a mind that believes it. I had a childhood that was filled with amazing adventures and sometimes, when I get some quiet time out of my busy life, I like to search for the magic I’ve overlooked.
You don't have to travel the globe to see the wonders of the world because more often than not, the wonders of life itself are right before us, hidden in everyday things. There are sparkles in the smiles of strangers. There is molten gold in the rays of sunshine that trickle down the trunk of a tree on a sunny afternoon. There is perfume in the air after the rain.
Relish in the greatness of everyday things and you'll never live a life that is short of magic.