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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The Fame and Fortune of Rock and Roll Bad Boys

The bigger they are, the harder they fall. Here's my skinny on the Bad Boys of Rock.
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People love to attain fame and fortune, but not everyone can handle it well.

The worst part is that people who are unable to put all that power and attention to good use, often end up screwing things up.

They either go back to square one or fall in a pit from where there is no coming back.

This often is the case with rock and roll stars.

We have made a list of five of the most successful rock stars for whom popularity did not bode well.

Ozzy Osbourne

If there was to be one name that brought heavy metal to life, it would have been Ozzy Osbourne.

With a worth of around $150 million, he was one of the most successful rock stars there have ever lived, and was always the kind of person who would get into trouble.

Other than the fact that he was addicted to drugs, Ozzy was also accused of biting the head off a dove out of sheer anger and frustration.

He was also caught urinating on a monument created to honor the deaths in Alamo-Texas.

His bad boy image made no difference to his fans though.

Keith Richards

Keith Richards was a mammoth in the world of elite guitarists, with his place in the infamous band The Rolling Stones.

However, hidden behind all that talent was a dark personality.

A journalist once went on to describe Keith as “mad, bad, and dangerous”.

In fact, Keith once took out his gun and shot a golf ball in anger after it landed in his breakfast.

He was always the bad boy.

When he was young, he was caught smuggling alcohol and was also expelled from his boy scout troop for knocking a fellow member out.

His fame didn’t take much of a hit due to his acts, though. Keith has a net worth of a staggering $340 million.

Noel Gallagher

Noel, the high flying birdman known for his eclectic style and his Blackface Fender Jaguar, was one of the brothers that performed at Oasis.

With a net worth of an estimated $6 million, and great fame to accompany it, keeping your head straight often becomes difficult.

Thus, Noel was on the news numerous times, not for his music, but for his fist fights.

One time at a Barcelona tour, the brothers couldn’t keep peace among themselves when Noel hit Liam in front of a crowd of people.

Keith Moon

Keith was one of the most famous drummers back in the day. He had a net worth of $70 million when he died.

The drummer was no stranger to trouble. Keith had been the epitome of the ‘bad boy’ tag.

At various instances, he was caught trashing hotel rooms and trying out horse tranquilizers for some reason.

Naked cake fights were also his thing.

Once out of nowhere, he decided to go back to his hotel room, pick his television, and throw it out of the window.

These were only a few of the incidents Keith Moon was involved in.

His wildness didn’t affect his career as much as it could have though.

Izzy Stradlin

Guns N’ Roses is surely among the most popular bands from the late 80s and 90s.

The impeccable guitar riffs in their songs were the art of Izzy Stradin.

The guy has a net worth of $28 million dollars. On the less bright side, Izzy was pretty hard to deal with.

For instance, he once was on a plane and wanted to use the washroom.

Growing impatient that it was occupied, he decided to take a leak, right in the galley area.

The funny part is that he did it, not because it was getting harder to hold, but because he was angry that the toilet was occupied—talk about money spoiling people!

There have been so many people during the years who haven’t been able to accommodate the success music brought them.

The above-mentioned were only among the popular few.

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