Sectumsempra to all the nasty buggers out there who claim that magic isn't real!
I'm here to represent all the daring castle-builders out there. We're here, we're queer, get used to it!
Hmm...let's see, what do we have in our beaded bag of curiosities today:
Being a bold nerd at heart, I always had this obsession with going back to things I've read or seen on film that flared a spark of magic within me.
A friendly note: It's always better to read the books first. Don't make my mistake.
Anyway, for the past few days, maybe even a week or so, I've been re-obsessed with the Harry Potter franchise, both literature and movie editions. The way J.K. Rowling managed to portray the world of magic is something that transcends and goes far beyond every attempt to flesh it out verbally.
Ever since I saw the first movie, I couldn't help but imagine myself in vivid details as I was wandering through the streets of Diagon Alley, searching for the right ingredients to make my very first Wiggenweld potion, purchasing my very first wand and trying out the infamous Berti Bott jelly beans. Seriously, kudos to Joanne, she did a marvelous job!
Hell, she even managed to make learning interesting!
As I was reflecting upon all the remarkable things she got to sprout into existence and the joy it has brought to people like me, all this got me thinking about how we, as ordinary muggles, tend to have the need to indulge in our secret little world of imagination from time to time and feel good about it.
Is daydreaming a bad thing?
Well, to me it's not. I often see myself resort to it whenever I feel like distancing from everyday events and people that I don't necessarily enjoy or appreciate. It serves as a way to reassure that I still have that little spark within me and can call upon it at any time I need to reevaluate the qualities that make me who I see myself as.
Whenever I feel the urge to create, being able to invite magic into my world is an integral part of that process. It is, in fact, what gives life to everything I do. I can't see myself without it.
Where to look for?
Magic is everywhere to be found, really. Whether it's the mismatched socks the lady at the public transport wore this morning, or the first yellow leaf you noticed this year or the weeping sound of wind on a rainy day, It's the little things that make us appreciate life in its raw form. The act of appreciation is what creates magic.
As long as we're willing to look for it - It's there.
Why is this so important?
If you see yourself even as a remotely creative person, or have at least once in your lifetime felt the urge to express something from deep within, you definitely know what I'm talking about.
Being able to call upon the sensation of magic is what makes things come to life.
You oftentimes hear people say that they've lost all hope and nothing they do really makes sense anymore. This, among many other reasons, can be due to the fact that they've given up on believing in magic. The magic within themselves.
Now, don't get me wrong here. I am fully aware that sometimes life gets in our way and it's not always easy to keep thinking about sunshines and daisies, but that was not the point anyway.
It's the ups and downs that make the ride all the more exciting, as long as it's taking us somewhere. Hopefully, somewhere magical.
You need to stay mindful of the big picture
Being hopeful is not an easy thing to do. It isn't, really. I've tripped upon this rock myself at least twice today. It's something that happens to us on a daily basis, this never ending struggle to look for anything remotely reassuring in an unpromising world.
The good news is - it's not always as bas either. Yes, it may seem quite daunting at times, but that's why we need to learn to observe things from a higher perspective. Being able to see "the big picture", we understand the nature of the processes that are occurring and know in our hearts that there is a certain role for each set of circumstances that are unfolding before us.
These are the things we cannot change. What we can do is practice. Practice daily.
Appreciate the magic within and introduce it to the outside world, make it compensate all the nasty things out there.
After all, we all need a bit of magic in our lives
Although I can say I tend to stay down to earth when setting life goals and this has been my way of "getting by"for the longest of time, I firmly believe we all need to rely on some magic once in a while.
"A little magic can take you a long way"
Being a bit "out there" with certain things doesn't necessarily mean we're delusional about life. On the contrary, it means that we dare to defy the reality that is brought upon us and breathe new life into it.
If there's anything I've learned throughout my experience so far, it's that there's only so much magic in life as we're capable of creating.
Therefore, do what you can to make this life a spectacular one. Make it count.
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