In the middle of another cold and blustery Green Bay winter afternoon, Alan Bart Erickson met the world for the first time. His parents, proud Wisconsin natives through and through, hadn't been this ecstatic since 1961, when Bart Starr led their beloved Packers to the top of the NFL stratosphere. Weighing in at a healthy... Continue Reading →
"All fantasy should have a solid base in reality." Max Beerbohm
Where is your favorite personal fantasy destination? Is it a vacation of the mind that explores the depths of your thoughts and desires or is it an actual place located in the physical world? The opportunities are literally endless since fantasy is not limited to the capabilities of your imagination but also the imaginations of J.R.R. Tolkien, of Daniel Okrent, of Quentin Tarantino, of Stephen Hawking, of your mother or ANYONE!
Fantasy is defined as "the faculty or activity of imagining impossible or improbable things" but it encapsulates much more. Is it impossible and improbable to take a weekend vacation or to actually get your dream job after college or meet the girl of your dreams? Not all these things are necessarily likely but they are by no means simply fantasy. Real life CAN and does have elements of fantasy that leaves people asking themselves if something is really happening, if that they must be dreaming or proclaiming that something is too good to be true. Sometimes it actually IS happening, they AREN'T dreaming and it IS true.
Unfortunately, truly fantastical moments can be few and far between which serves to make them that much sweeter when they occur. There is no need to lower expectations for what is deemed worthy of being called fantasy. You will certainly recognize it when you see it so keep your eyes open and allow yourself to be ready for those fleeting moments.
There is an every day sort of fantasy that allows you to be transported
temporarily out of the doldrums of daily life (literature, movies, tv shows fantasy sports, music etc.) but it isn't the same. Unlike what Max Beerbohm says, fantasy should not be rooted in reality. True fantasy should be so out of this world that it questions whether it is even real? Freddy Mercury and company certainly knew this to be true...
Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide
No escape from reality
Open your eyes
Look up to the skies and see...
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