I was reading the other day (The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye, which I recommend), and it got me thinking about magic. There is some wonderful magic used in this book, as well as others I’ve read recently, such as Stephanie Garber’s Caraval. And of course, we can’t forget the mega-series Harry Potter. But what is it that magic brings to our lives?
For me, magic doesn’t just come from books and movies. It comes from the heart. It taps into our inner child and let’s us explore our dreams. We can be brave and noble, but in a way that feels extraordinary. We’re not just a detective in a thriller. We’re a magic-wand waving creator of miracles. Yup. That’s right. Magic lifts us up to the heights of seeing that anything could be possible. Everything is possible. That with a bit of power, we can create the world around us.
So what does that mean for our lives?
For me, at least, it means that I can take hope. Hope that by being strong and purposeful, direct and daring, that I can create my own miracles. I might not be able to conjure a unicorn right before me (still trying though, so who knows!), but I do have the ability to affect change in my world. I can stand up for my beliefs, for other people, for right versus wrong. I’ve got the power to go after my dreams, no matter how wild and crazy they might seem.
But magic is also the vessel of escapism. Some people might tell you escapism is just avoidance of real life, but I’d like to argue. It’s a way to relieve pressure and refresh the mind. To let the stress slough off and give us a chance to fill up our emotional well. It gives us the opportunity to regroup. If we can’t do that, then we aren’t living up to our full potential. We’re letting stress cram into every little crack in our world. Instead, let some of that negativity flow out by having a space in your mind reserved just for the fantastical.
And you know what else? Magic is just plain fun!
I wonder what magic brings to your life…