So, Sadje of Keeping it Alive tagged me in this little thing  called 3.2.1. Quote Me! which was started by AGuyCalledBloke over at A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip! in which we’re supposed to:

Rules: 3.2.1 Quote Me!

Thank the Selector

Post 2 quotes for the dedicated Topic of the Day.

Select 3 bloggers to take part in ‘3.2.1 Quote Me!’

Note: Although this is the topic for today there is no specific deadline to it, meaning you can answer as and when

And the topic of the day is Imagination.

So, thank you Sadje, for nominating me. I appreciate it. Here is one quote: 

It’s one of my favorite quotes about imagination ever, because it’s true. Those who do not believe in magic will never find it. Those who close their eyes to the wonder that is all around them will only see the misery and despair that they seek. There is beauty and wonder everywhere. And I do mean everywhere, if only one has the eyes to see it. Which brings me to my next quote: 

I dunno who said it, but I have a vague memory of reading it on a Christmas card when I was a teenager, and it stuck with me. I’m probably remembering it wrong, but hey, it’s the thought that counts, and the thought is that one should keep their childlike sense of wonder throughout their lifetime.  

Not long ago, a well-loved man died. Stan Lee, the creator of Spider Man and many other comic book characters and worlds.  And for many many people, it was a sad day. Now, I didn’t mourn his passing because I didn’t personally know Stan Lee, and I don’t think death is a sad thing in general — other than for those who will miss having someone in their life. However, I understand that people are sad when someone passes from their world.  I mention the passing of Stan Lee because another “famous” person — Bill Maher — publicly announced that he didn’t understand why so many people were sad that Stan Lee died. After all, didn’t Mr. Lee only make comic books and comic book movies? And weren’t they for children? Why were all of these “so called adults” sad to see him pass?  Then he equated the love of things like comic books and video games to a “world where Trump can become president”.  Which doesn’t make sense to me because the demographic that voted for Trump are the “adults” who don’t do things like play video games or read comic books. But that’s neither here nor there. 

What I want to say is that I’m am honestly and truly sad for Mr. Maher and other people like him who don’t understand how people my age can find joy in “childish” things. People who cannot even read fiction (as Mr. Maher says he does not). Because, for me, a life without imagination is a sad life indeed. I may not be rich or “successful” in the traditional sense, but my cup overflows in many many other ways. And imagination is one of them. I’d rather be an eternal kid with a rich imagination than be people like Mr. Maher’s definition of an adult any day of the week.  I’ll endeavor to keep my childlike sense of wonder until the day I die, because I would hate to live in a world without wonder. And I will find magic in the world around me, because I look for it everywhere. 

Thank you Sadje for nominating me. I don’t do the nominating thing. I’m a rebel like that. If you, dear reader, find this an interesting “challenge” then feel free to carry on the torch.  Consider yourself nominated. 

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