Imagination is a trait very unique to mankind.
The essence of creativity lies in the ability to imagine new possibilities, new perspectives, and new ideas. Imagination is the prelude to any building or program, because any building or program is always conceived in the mind of some individual or individuals before it gets built or implemented in real life.
But as much as creativity begins with imagination in the mind, things almost never turn out the way we imagine. No matter what you imagine the future to be, I can guarantee you that by the time it comes around, it will look vastly different than what you are thinking right now.
But never let the present reality shatter the freedom of your imagination.
Reality is a very limited dimension, one that is bounded by various laws, rules, and regulations that have been put in place with the goal of keeping an orderly and functional world and society.
But the imagination is a space that transcends all dimensions, allowing you to think and create in a realm that is completely infinite.
If you limit your imagination to the rules of the reality you live in, your imagination will be limited to things such as “How do I avoid traffic on the way home” or “How can I fit laundry into my time this weekend?”
But when you really set your mind free and let your imagination roam wild, you start thinking outside of the box of reality. And even if some of your ideas and concepts never make it to reality, the ones that do have the potential to change the world.
That’s why children are often seen as much more creative than adults. As young and innocent children, knowing nothing about the world allows them to really think without the rules of reality limiting their imagination. Adults (especially professionals), on the other hand, learn so much about the world around them that most of the time their imagination becomes confined to the boxes that they are used to.
The power comes when you are able to understand and work within reality, but use your imagination in an infinite dimension.
Besides, what is reality anyways?