Stories have the power to inspire, to motivate, and to influence. Stories have the power to take their audience on a journey into an extraordinary, fantastical world. Stories have the power to shape a person’s ideals, and teach them that dreaming is possibly one of the most important things they will ever do in their lives.
When I was growing up, I was told countless times to get my head out of the clouds, to focus on more important, “relevant” things, such as maths tests and the Tudors. I was told that daydreaming all the time couldn’t possibly get me anywhere. What I was told was completely wrong.
I’ve always been a daydreamer, and even now, as a college student taking her A Levels, I still devote much of my time to writing the stories I once dreamt up. Writing gives a welcome escape into those fantastical worlds I once played in; daydreaming is now a goal, and not something I strive to avoid. I’ve been writing novels for a long time, ever since meeting a visiting author in school, a writer who told me, “If you want to write, write. Don’t let anyone stop your imagination.” I may not remember how old I was at the time, but I do remember feeling more inspired than ever. I had an imagination, something I could use. It was the first time anyone ever told me that daydreaming was a good thing, and it was the first time I rushed home after school and began a story named “Rosie’s World”, which I still have today.
exetreme imagination is an important festival for this very reason. Children don’t need to get their heads out of the clouds. Children need to be told, Don’t let anyone stop your imagination. Stories have been with us for thousands of years. Why let them die out now?