Something struck me when I watched in fascination as my childhood favourite of Roald Dahl come to life on stage. There was always a song from the film musical that stuck rigidly in my mind as I grew up with my sight loss and in many ways learn to live alongside it.
Imagination is one of the most powerful things in life, it’s what gives us individuality in mind and spirit, its what derives up from animals, and it can conquer any barrier that you face in the external world.
For me, sight loss was not the end of my world, I used books as a way to fill my mind with images of the external world and to create ones that were not.
In fact, it was only the beginning and the words of Roald Dahl and his amazing descriptions, revolting rhymes, and inspiring stories helped me to develop as an individual and to appreciate the world around me.
So, I extend a thank you to Roald Dahl and all of his amazing creations that were a massive building block in my childhood and to Warner Brothers for the amazing film adaptation that inspired me to use my mind.
And so I leave you all to deliberate on these words…
There is no
Life I know
To compare with
You’ll be free
If you truly
Wish to be
Pure Imagination, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Warner Brothers, 1971