Find inspiration, set it free through writing

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By Jennifer Corbett

As a child, I vividly remember the nights where I would let my imagination run free — whether it was spending countless hours in my tree house in the backyard, riding bikes through the neighborhood or simply reading books.

In essence, anything was possible. One moment I could pretend I was the first female president and the next I was running a successful business.

My possibilities were endless.

I’d always thought about the future — what was I going to have a career in? Where was I going to live? Who was I going to marry?

While my life didn’t play out like I exactly imagined as a child, it still served as a reminder that anything can and will happen if you, as cheesy as it sounds, believe.

Once I entered grade school, I discovered another way I could be in control of my imagination — writing.

I began writing short stories around third grade. The stories I wrote symbolized the greater possibilities in this world, as well as see art in the simplest of details.

Although my form of art isn’t in the form of an actual picture, it allows the reader to imagine a unique world. Essentially, each person who reads it may imagine something completely different.

I was reminded of these thoughts when I took pictures at Daryl Cobb performing for Bardstown Primary students last week. Cobb has written an array of children’s books. He promoted how writing is a simple way for students to expand their imaginations.

Cobb told kindergarteners how his family inspired him.

He would see the design of his daughter’s room and instantly think of a story. Or he would show his illustrator a picture of the street he lives on and she instantly had an idea of what to draw for his book.

Cobb teaches a simple, yet effective, way for kids to fully understand the endless possibilities in this world. By students writing their own stories, they are able to engineer their own stories.

Too many times young children get caught up in the technology age. It’s no longer books — it’s all about video games and movies.

While I do enjoy using my iPhone and laptop daily, I try and not forget about what avenue expanded my imagination as a kid.

While he was performing at Bardstown Primary, Cobb instilled something that many kids tend to forget these days: let your imagination run free. Anything can be a source of inspiration, you just have to look at it the right way.

I just wish the younger generation wouldn’t forget there are more books out there besides Twilight. Or instead of mimicking what they see on TV and movies, write a story. Write about different things in your life and who knows, it may turn into something more.

JENNIFER CORBETT can be contacted at jcorbett@kystandard.com.