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I is for … Imagination

IWhere would we be if our imaginations were stifled at birth.  Our creativity is what makes us develop and progress, for is it not true that “what is now proved was once only imagined?” (William Blake)

Whilst ‘artistically speaking’, I am not the most talented of creatures, I still believe in my ideas – I’m just not always able to make them materialise. In junior school we were challenged to mirror the work of a famous artist (note I didn’t say copy, as that could be deemed to be litigious in today’s world!) I chose to replicate the still-life painting of  sunflowers by Van Gogh. So, maybe my brushstrokes were a little heavy and clumsy, but my teacher was impressed and my very first ‘painting’ made its way into the school’s gallery.

I was chuffed to bits and, with my confidence high, there was no stopping me. I progressed to pottery classes and wanted to prove my worth as a creative and inventive mind. (OK, I was young and naive, let’s say no more!) Not content with making the customary mug  like my fellow students, I opted for something that would highlight my inventiveness.

It didn’t end well!

My idea was to create something that combined the attributes of an ashtray with a vase. Yeah – you may mock, but as an impressionable ten-year old, I was aiming to please both my parents. The ashtray part was for Dad and the vase for Mom; the idea being that the flowers in the vase would eradicate the stench of tobacco with their own particular scent. Genius, right? Well, maybe the idea had some merit (???), but there was something else missing.


Oh, and an ability to control the potter’s wheel!

Let’s just say, co-ordination is not my forte and using my hands to shape the clay and my feet to control the wheel was a disaster waiting to happen. All I can add is that what later came out of the kiln was in no way a reflection of my idea. It never made it home! And I didn’t try pottery again – sometimes you just know when you’re beaten.

Since then, I have avoided learning anything that involved co-ordination. Using my imagination and creativity has been much kinder on my soul, far less devastating.  These days,  I leave the ‘co-ordinated’ stuff to those who can! I’d rather be a dreamer anyway!

As Einstein put it so aptly, “Imagination is everything. It’s the preview of life’s coming attractions.”

(Unless of course you want a ‘vashtray’!)




Dreams can come true and mine was to live in Spain forever and ever ....  Well, after studying languages many years ago I became totally enamoured with all things Spanish, I finally made the big move for a more 'relaxed' lifestyle in 2003.  Since then, I have been teaching Spanish to Ex-pats and translating. Also, I trained as a Community Manager (Social Media) so that I have a genuine excuse to be on Facebook, Twitter and the Internet for hours on end, but then I started to write. My first attempt was for NaNo 2012 with 'The Nasrid Charm' (a story set in Spain and the Afterlife.) Like most first drafts, this is in need of serious revision and has been placed on the backburner, while I pursue my mystery stories. I'll get back to it - one day :) 

One thought on “I is for … Imagination

  1. Smiling!! Thanks for your pottery story. It was quite an education for me, through the years, to realize the strength, agility and – often – huge workspaces that some artistry required. Even the simple things like writing and painting put strains on certain muscles and require co-ordination in some way or another. The arts are far more physical than I IMAGINED.

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