Got Storytelling Skills?
My boyfriend picked the movie last weekend, which is how I came to be sitting in front of Adam Sandler on the big screen. It surprises me that a week later I’m still thinking about the show Bedtime Stories.
In the show Adam is asked to babysit his young niece and nephew for a week. He quickly learns the kids prefer a bedtime story before going to sleep.
On the first night, Adam tells a lame story (correlating to his own life) about a guy who fails at work and lives unhappily ever after.
But the kids don’t let him get away with such an awful story. They jazz it up with raining gumballs and such, reminding Adam that it’s a story, you can have fun with it! There’s nothing off limits and it’s okay to detach from reality when you’re telling a story.
The kids teach him that your story doesn’t have to make sense or be believable. The purpose of it is simply to have fun and be entertained.
Seems an important lesson to some of us adults who may have lost the gift for fantastical imagination, and have trouble detaching from “reality.”
After all, it’s our ability to imagine and conjure up that our tomorrows rely on. If we get stuck in what’s possible, likely or even acceptable, we dramatically limit the experience of our lives.
Since our life unfolds according to the stories we keep and tell, storytelling seems an important skill for a deliberate creator!
So I don’t know about you, but I’m going to channel some no-rules “children” energy in my adult life to reconnect with crazy magic and fun ideas that lead to completely senseless and delicious unfoldings.
Thank you, Russ and Bedtime Stories, for providing inspiration that helps us get even more free and easy with our expectations of life! 🙂