What it Means to Be Young at Heart. Re-Discovering My Imagination.

What it Means to Be Young at Heart. Re-Discovering My Imagination.

Kids love the mundane. They love repetition. They love simplicity. Why doesn't it last?
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I know four kids. Let’s call them Sally, Molly, Matthew and Katie. When they go to the beach, they don’t see shells. They see a galaxy of clattering stars hanging from driftwood. They see dinner plates, tea pots and sugar bowls.

When they encounter a forest of bamboo, which they tell me they did recently, what they saw was an army of soldiers and a parade of fairy princesses.

In many ways, their imagination reflects Yahweh, the God of the Jews you encounter in the first book of the bible - Genesis.

There you meet a God who takes the unformed world and flings stars into space. Whose imagination runs wild and free a He imagines - and brings into being - plants, people, snow, beatles that can sing and cats who purr.

And all of this makes me think: what is it that makes these kids so vivid in their imagination? What is it that makes them so alive to their surrounds? I notice that these kids don’t watch television, and, having considered the research, I think that counts.

What we put into our minds counts. Garbage in, garbage out, as they say.  Young Minds are formed quickly and tend to absorb and soak up everything around them. They delight an exploration.

Television robs us of so much of the imagination's capacity for free thought. Children also delight in the mundane.

As Chesterton writes in his book Orthodoxy (1908),

“Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, "Do it again"; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony.”

This sounds like the kids I spoke with above. And it also speaks of me. Somewhere along the line, wheat Grown Ups lose the capacity for spontaneity and the ability to exalt in monotony.

We consider monotony on a par with monogamy.  We think that the real satisfaction lives out there in the great unknown. We have lost the capacity to exalt and rejoice in the mundane.  and because of this, we grow restless.  We become agitated, anxious, depressed and irritable.

How can we remedy this?

Some people might say that this doesn't need a remedy.  some people will say that we ought not tolerate the mundane and the monotonous. But I beg to differ.

I love what I see in the freedom of these little children as they turned in sticks of bamboo into colourful dolls and brave soldiers.  I love the tea party is made entirely out of  beautiful shells.

I want to be there for that tea party. I want to see the bamboo at war and I want to see the princess saved and the dragon slain.

So I know what I want, but I'm not yet too sure on how to remedy the dullness that has come over me in my adult life.

I think I should start with reading some Classic Children's literature. A. A Milne and Winnie-the-Pooh would probably be a good place to start. Wind in the Willows would not be a bad place to go either.

beyond that I think I have to simply start spending more time with my children..  I think there's a reason why the elderly get such a thrill when they see young children.  there is something vital, and rejuvenating about young children who still have an imagination.

Whatever steps I need to take to rediscover my own imagination, I am prepared to take. If I only to be closer to those who in this world seem to have the most life.

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What You Need To Know About Dissociative Identity Disorder

It is when the person develops multiple identities that may have different age, gender, or race than them.

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Dissociative Identity Disorder, previously known as Multiple Identity Disorder, is a severe form of dissociation, a mental process that creates a lack of connection in a person thoughts, feelings, memories, sense of identity or action. It is when the person develops multiple identities that may have different age, gender, or race than them.

It is an involuntary escape from reality to protect the individual. It's a coping mechanism that helps the individual dissociate from situations or experiences that are too painful, violent or traumatic.

This disorder is incredibly rare. Only two percent of people are known to suffer from it. It's experienced by all ethnic, racial, socioeconomic and age groups. There are more people that have had one or two episodes, but only two percent have chronic episodes.

It's caused by many factors such as trauma during early childhood such as physical, emotional or sexual abuse. It can also be caused by combat and natural disasters. It could be due to an early loss of someone very important such as a parent, or long periods of isolation because of illness.

It's a way to deal with the trauma that people have experienced in their lives. By dissociating from what happened, they are able to lead healthy, functional lives.

The symptoms of dissociative identity disorder include depression, suicidal tendencies, mood swings, anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, sleep disorders, compulsions, psychotic symptoms, alcohol and drug abuse, headache, time loss, amnesia, trances, out of body experiences, and a sense of detachment from emotions and eating disorders.

The treatments include psychotherapies like cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical therapy, eye movement desensitization, as well as reprocessing and medications.

If you are dealing with it, it is important to get help. Things you can do on your own are keeping a journal to improve awareness, mindfulness techniques such as touching a fabric or taking deep breaths to guide yourself to the present or letting the alter emerge in a safe place.

It is best to go to a therapist and get proper treatment.

It's not completely understood yet. Should it be counted as a disorder or is it just an offshoot of another disorder? There have been many recorded cases of dissociative identity disorders, such as Sybil. That book made me aware of this disorder in the first place. It's a great read if you're interested in reading about psychological cases.

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Meet the Top Female Golfers of 2017. Can you Guess Who they Are?

Women's Golf is on the Rise - and we pay our Respects
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When we think golf, often names like Tiger Woods and Rory Mcllroy come up, but we are about to change that placement in your mind. In this article, you will read about five of the best female golfers in 2017. 

Sandra Gal

She is easily one of the most popular female golfers of 2017. The German beauty was born back in 1985. She began playing golf early in her childhood and featured in the German National Team at the age of 17.

Long before anyone knew, she was winning titles and gaining limelight.

In 2007, she qualified for the LPGA Tour and within a year, turned pro. Sandra achieved T15 in 2011, T12 in 2012, and T19 and T25 in 2013, and is still playing on the LPGA Tour. She uses the Driver GBB Epic, 3 and 5 wood GBB Epic Sub-Zero, and a Callaway Chrome Soft.

Blair O'Neal

The US-born Blair O'Neal is another one of the favorite golfers from 2017. She was born in 1981 and started practicing the sport from the age of 13.

Soon she took her love for golf to the next level by becoming a professional golfer. She has two professional wins to her name.

Blair has successfully finished T68, T22, T64, T52, and T37, and is known to use the infamous Cobra drivers. She is a model on the side and is loved by millions for both of her elite professions.

Cheyenne Woods

Another one of the favorite female golfers from this year is Cheyenne Woods. She is a US National who is arguably the most famous female golfer around the globe. Cheyenne was born in 1990.

She found her love for golf in college where she won back-to-back championships in 2006 and 2007.

After becoming professional in 2012, she has won two important tournaments including the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters where she won by a margin of two strokes. She uses a Nike VRS Covert Driver, a Nike RZN Black Ball, and Nike VR Pro wedges, etc.

Cristie Kerr

Cristie Kerr comes from the United States of America and was born in 1977.  Cristie has become quite a decorated female golfer with 26 professional wins to her name.

Cristie

Cristie has a staggering number of 19 wins on the LPGA Tour. One of the amusing facts about her is that she is naturally left-handed, yet plays golf with her right hand.

In her bag, you will find a PARSONS Driver, a Ping putter, and a Titleist-PRO V1 ball, etc. She is very active with social work and often spends time doing breast cancer charity work during her free time.

Belén Mozo

While talking about popular female golfers of the year, it would be unfair to miss out on the Spanish Belén Mozo. She was born in 1988 and turned professional in 2010.

Belen is currently playing on the LPGA Tour which she joined back in 2011, and the Ladies European Tour.

She received a 63T this year in Tech Championships—Indy Women.  The 2017 Masters win, her love for the gym, and her Spanish beauty, are only a few reasons why her fans love her.

As for the equipment, you will find an XR Sub Zero Driver, a Chrome Softball, and a Fers Apex Pro 16 etc

When we think golf, often names like Tiger Woods and Rory Mcllroy come up, but we are about to change that placement in your mind. In this article, you will read about five of the best female golfers in 2017. 

Sandra Gal

She is easily one of the most popular female golfers of 2017. The German beauty was born back in 1985. She began playing golf early in her childhood and featured in the German National Team at the age of 17.

Long before anyone knew, she was winning titles and gaining limelight.

In 2007, she qualified for the LPGA Tour and within a year, turned pro. Sandra achieved T15 in 2011, T12 in 2012, and T19 and T25 in 2013, and is still playing on the LPGA Tour. She uses the Driver GBB Epic, 3 and 5 wood GBB Epic Sub-Zero, and a Callaway Chrome Soft.

Blair O'Neal

The US-born Blair O'Neal is another one of the favorite golfers from 2017. She was born in 1981 and started practicing the sport from the age of 13.

Soon she took her love for golf to the next level by becoming a professional golfer. She has two professional wins to her name.

Blair has successfully finished T68, T22, T64, T52, and T37, and is known to use the infamous Cobra drivers. She is a model on the side and is loved by millions for both of her elite professions.

Cheyenne Woods

Another one of the favorite female golfers from this year is Cheyenne Woods. She is a US National who is arguably the most famous female golfer around the globe. Cheyenne was born in 1990.

She found her love for golf in college where she won back-to-back championships in 2006 and 2007.

After becoming professional in 2012, she has won two important tournaments including the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters where she won by a margin of two strokes. She uses a Nike VRS Covert Driver, a Nike RZN Black Ball, and Nike VR Pro wedges, etc.

Cristie Kerr

Cristie Kerr from the United States was born in 1977. She is quite a decorated female golfer with 26 professional wins to her name.

Cristie has a staggering number of 19 wins on the LPGA Tour. One of the amusing facts about her is that she is naturally left-handed, yet plays golf with her right hand.

In her bag, you will find a PARSONS Driver, a Ping putter, and a Titleist-PRO V1 ball, etc. She is very active with social work and often spends time doing breast cancer charity work during her free time.

Belén Mozo

While talking about popular female golfers of the year, it would be unfair to miss out on the Spanish Belén Mozo. She was born in 1988 and turned professional in 2010.

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Belen is currently playing on the LPGA Tour which she joined back in 2011, and the Ladies European Tour.

She received a 63T this year in Tech Championships—Indy Women.  The 2017 Masters win, her love for the gym, and her Spanish beauty, are only a few reasons why her fans love her.

As for the equipment, you will find an XR Sub Zero Driver, a Chrome Softball, and a Fers Apex Pro 16 in her bag. Go Girl!

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