‘The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.’ – W.B Yeats
It starts with what is magic?
Magic was in all probability an important part of your childhood.
Cinderella and her fairy God Mother, Jack and the Magic Beanstalk, Aladdin and his Magic Lamp, Superman and more. Spells, enchantments, witches, fairies and superpowers – such a curious world, isn’t it?
One that the child is only too eager to believe. As children, there were times when we would dwell in this world for hours on end, so fascinating, so full of wonder.
So what happened when we grew up?
Magic somehow seemed to fade away from our heads as well as our lives. Today you and I are more likely to disprove any inkling of magic that may dare surface.
And why not?
We know the tricks now. How a bunny can be pulled from a hat and many more.
We are now smarter and educated. With us we have tools of science, math, logic and reasoning.
Even if our eyes deceive us, our minds know better. Petty tricks like sleight of hand may amuse and entertain us but they will not fool us. And we know that it’s only CG on the big screens.
Special effects are cool and all and we may also argue about the quality, whether they look real or fake. But at the end of the day, we know that they are not real. They are fake.
Let’s face it, we are simply not kids anymore.
There just has to be an explanation. For everything. Even if it hasn’t been found yet, sooner or later it will be and then it will all make sense.
Did the magic really disappear though?
Did it leave you and me? Or this world that we were born in?
What was that funny tingle that you felt when your eyes met your crush? Or the radiance in the eyes of a stray pup that you picked and held in your arms (you must have smiled or tried goofy faces).
A warm hug from mom somehow magically seems to melt away all worries of the day, if just for a few moments.
A melody or voice somehow takes you to another world when you plug in your earphones, in a matter of minutes. Somebody created that combination of notes and beats and God knows what else and now you are experiencing bliss or a tug at your heart.
An infinite silence descends over you when you gaze up at the night sky full of tiny stars, some dim, some bright – it makes you think thoughts you will likely not remember the next day, but so preciously important in that moment, making your heart brim with feelings unnamed.
Even though it doesn’t come close to the dictionary meaning, even if we are all grown up into fine adults, even though we know that there are footsteps on the moon, even though we can come up with an explanation for almost anything, maybe somewhere the child in us knows something more.
Hope there is some magic coming your way!
Authors Notes –
This is something I wrote long back on my old blog, republished here with some edits. Hope you enjoyed the read. I would love to hear from you in comments! Till next time.