verb: imagine; 3rd person present: imagines; past tense: imagined; past participle:imagined; gerund or present participle: imagining
form a mental image or concept of.
suppose or assume.
I think our imagination has 2 halves. The wild half which tells us to get out there and live life and the realistic half which reminds us that there are bills to be paid. I once did one of those Facebook tests to determine whether I am left or right brained - thinking it would help me tune into whether logic or creativity was guiding me. Turns out I'm half/half.
So the wild/creative part of me is going to see me this year having said yes to a tandem skydive, a great white shark cage dive and 2 day Wilderness Walk.... the realistic part of me is reminding me to pack my diabetic medication and make sure my medical gap cover is in place!
That's fine. I can live with the compromise, because for once I'm saying yes to the creative/wild me and I'm not telling her that now is not the time, you have kids to consider, or the car needs a service. I know what my responsibilities are and the logic responsible me will make sure I meet all of them, but I'm also giving myself free reign to do what has been calling to me for years.
To live the one life I've been blessed with to the full.
Just to add a disclaimer in here, I'm petrified of heights and have the worst claustrophobia ever (even the thought of a mask over my face freaks me out) but I'm going to breathe through all those fears and experience something new and wonderful (and which doesn't have to be repeated) knowing that one day when I'm 90 I can tell my grandkids I did those things! Also nobody can take away my memories and that is what I'm creating - a living memory bank.
Why the sudden need to do all these 'wild' things? The knowledge that one day, no matter what happens, it will be too late. Anything can happen to me between now and any one of those events or afterwards but at least I will know I gave this life all I had. I faced my fears and obstacles and I dared to imagine the wonderful memories I was going to create in the process.