Claire and Phil Dunphy (of Modern Family) always have such a funny Valentines Day, it usually involves them dressing up, and meeting as strangers in a hotel bar. They act out a fantasy as sexy strangers chatting each other up, and then they retire to their hotel room for a fantastic finish.
Fantasy is fantastic. Fantasy is needed in all aspects of our lives, it’s telling a different story which allows our creative juices to flow freely. We need to fantasise to take better photos and to tell better stories. Fantasists fire the human imagination, and our spirit.
We all meet people who have lost the power of fantasy, and who seem to have lost the power of life’s loved dreams. In socks & sandals, or sensible shoes and sensible decisions, they are rational actors within their calculated universe. Do they inspire you, or fire you ?
We revert to fantasy as soon as the days work is over: we watch TV, movies and listen to music. Losing ourselves in the vehicles of adult fantasy. For most of us our work has very little to do with fantasy, but we revere those who do dedicate their lives to providing us with fantasy:
Walt Disney, JK Rowling, Bob Marley, John Lennon, Beatrix Potter, Iain Fleming, Morrissey, Toni Morrison, Shakespeare, all of that Hunger Games & Fifty Shades stuff….,
Little kids are great at fantasising, and then parents & school knocks it out of them:
Teacher: “what is that you’re doing ?”
Little Kid: “ it’s about a space cowboy who has to rescue a beautiful princess”
Teacher: “stop with all that nonsense, and get back to your maths work”.
Yet when we become adults we crave that very same fantasy, and we view it as special:
Hollywood Studio, 1975:
Hollywood Film Executive: “ so, what’s the big idea of the film”
George Lucas: “it’s about a space cowboy who has to rescue a beautiful princess”.
Enjoy your fantasies this Valentines Day, and keep fantasising tomorrow, because it will keep you smiling !