“Why fit in, when you were born to stand out?”
Today we celebrate the birthday of an author who has brought so much joy, education, and wonder to many people’s lives. Today we celebrate the gift of imagination and creation in ways that started in the minds of us as children, and who hopefully we have continued to bring to our own children as we grow up and expand our own families.
Today we celebrate the great Theodore Geisel, who we know by his stage name, Dr. Seuss. This man created wonders and worlds for me as I was a child. He is one of three authors that I hold in high regards because of their ability to create complete worlds from nonsense, alongside A. A. Milnes, and Lewis Carroll.
These men generated my imagination, and allowed me to escape to worlds that for some reason made sense to me, worlds that were simple, yet vast, and as imaginative and amazing as they could be. Dr. Seuss, like Charles Schulz and Walt Disney, influenced my childhood in ways that i don’t think I’ve fully understood even yet. As an adult, I still fall back to their works, whether for nostalgia or escape I am not sure, to remember that it is okay to still imagine, to create, and that no matter how old we get, it is that childlike imagination that I think keeps the world moving.
As we get older and stressed with work, bills, and every day stresses, I think we forget these things. We forget how to imagine. We forget to leave the stress behind. We worry more about what people think about us, and what the future holds. Maybe sometimes we need to remember these moments, and forget being an adult for a minute.
Here’s to you Theodore, may your phrases and characters always have us remembering childhood.
“Life’s too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forgive the ones who don’t and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said it’d be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.”