How Big is your Imagination?

"She seems so cool, so focused, so quiet, yet her eyes remain fixed upon the horizon. You think you know all there is to know about her immediately upon meeting her, but everything you think you know is wrong. Passion flows through her like a river of blood. She only looked away for a moment, and the mask slipped, and you fell. All your tomorrows start here."  ▼ Neil Gaiman, Fragile Things:

You’re only limited by your imagination.

Listening to the radio on my way home yesterday evening, the radio on-air personality was having her usual playful batter with her audience. She had no idea something she said resonated with me as I tried to relax after a grueling day.

You’re only limited by your imagination”, she said.

Her words kept me thinking. How wide or wild can our imagination be? How could someone, an ordinary man, Steve Jobs, have imagined the iPhone (and the i-everything else) when there was nothing like that in existence? How could a young molested teenager become Oprah – the world’s most powerful woman? How could Nigeria have produced great business men such as Dangote, Tony Elumelu, Otedola, among others, when the business climate seems too frigid for comfort? How could these business people have imagined prospering, building conglomerates from the ground up, expanding to other African countries, employing and catering to the families of over 5,000+ people, in this same country where the failure rate of new businesses is as high as 70%?

Imagination is dream-like. It only exists in your head. I can’t imagine anyone understanding the things and scenarios I imagine. They do not live in my head. People around you can hardly understand what drives people with great imagination. And many times, we are limited by what we see around us, what we experience, how hard the doors are shut in our faces, how heartbroken we are when that miserable bank alert finally notifies us (after our threatening and compelling), and automatically, we put up a blockade in our imagination where there should not be. We forget easily that like Joseph the dreamer, many dreamers start from inside the well and end up on a throne.

I guess this is a strong word for me, and I hope for you too. You are only limited by your imagination. Whatever it is that keeps you up at night, makes you park your car by the roadside amidst traffic and swearing drivers to take down an idea, keeps you smiling in the lazy afternoons when your air conditioner decides to pack up and your sweat is threatening to drown you; whatever it is that makes you believe that the world is at your feet and you only have to push a little harder to break through the ice; whatever it is, don’t kill it. Allow yourself imagine beyond what is humanly possible.

Like they say: If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough.

Ifesinachi Okoli-Okpagu

About Ifesinachi Okoli-Okpagu

Ifesinachi is an experienced marketing communications strategist, whose goal is to generate new business leads for her clients through brand management and representing a consistent brand image in all marketing and communications engagement. She is also a fiction and script writer. Follow her on instagram at @Ifesinachi_ladyboss and twitter at @Ifesinachio_.

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