We Are The Music Makers, And We Are The Dreamers of Dreams

...we are the music makers...
A few weeks ago, I visited Disneyland with my sister. If you know Lisa at all, you already know that she's a Disney fan. But she's not just any Disney fan: she's a fanatic. Fortunately, this actually makes a trip to a Disney theme park an enjoyable activity. Whereas I typically scoff at the idea of these sorts of things, Lisa has a way of reminding me that, if even just for a day, you don't always have to be an adult.

Then just yesterday I received the most recent copy of WIRED Magazine, guest edited by J.J. Abrams, the creator of Lost and the upcoming Star Trek movie. I had previously seen his incredible talk at TED, and was extremely impressed by the WIRED issue, which is designed much like the pulpy comics I used to read as a kid. Inside were tales of wonder and amusement (amazement?), and those hilarious and tricky puzzles that I would slave over in the back of my Boys Life Magazines (not to mention those eye-catching ads for mail-order instructions on how to build your own hovercraft).

I got to thinking about imagination, and the increasingly rare breed of person who dedicates their life to creating the elusive and unique emotion we call wonder. People like Walt Disney and J.J. Abrams are artists and thinkers, but most of all they are magicians, creating in their lives and their work the sense of disbelief and astonishment that we once felt as children, waking up to an entirely new world. As an adult, it is easy to feel that the world has been worn thin by the repetitive motions of daily existence, but these magic makers strive to recapture wonder, if even just for a brief period.

Please help me add to my list of magic makers, of wonder creators, of those who devote their lives to recapturing the joy of viewing the world through the candy-coated eyes of a child, of not understanding everything and not necessarily wanting to. Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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