I love the above quote so much, mainly because I do tend to live out of my imagination more than half the time. If I am reading a book, my mind is already pages ahead of where I am at, trying to guess what’s going to happen next. Same thing with movies and TV shows. When I am by myself or just with my dog, as I am now, I am content. I am content to be by myself and daydream and wonder if things could be different than they are, and most of the time, they can. My mom has a sign above the mud room entryway, and it says, “It is what it is.” Me, I can argue with that. It is what it is if you don’t do anything to try to change it. It is what it is if you’re happy. But what if what is is unacceptable? Seven kids dying everyday is pretty darn unacceptable to me. So I’m making some noise, and as each day passes, that noise gets louder, because more people become aware, and more people are fighting to change what is.
If nothing ever changed, there would be no butterflies. There would be no people having kids, no kids growing up, getting driver’s licenses, graduating high school, going away to college and then graduating from college, getting jobs, getting married and having kids of their own. If nothing ever changed, we would still be living with Jim Crow laws, women would still not be able to vote, we’d still be wearing corsets, petticoats, top hats and suits every day. And if nothing ever changed, breast cancer research wouldn’t be where it is. And nobody would even think about lifting a finger to help raise awareness for pediatric cancer. The would would be colorless, black and white. No imagination anywhere. I don’t know about you, but I would hate to live in such a world. I’d rather live in a colorful world, one where nothing ever stays the same, no matter how sad that makes me. Everything changes. Eventually.
I think the saying should go, “It is what you make it.” Use your imagination with that one!