My favorite literature (and movie) genre is called “Magical Realism.” It’s where the Author creates a world that looks and sounds and feels like our own. This fictional world mirrors many of the mundane attributes that we know intimately: people awake early to take out the dog, or are late to catch the bus, or they meet with friends at the cafe down the street. But in Magical Realism there is an element of the hocus pocus present. And that magic is treated like it’s a natural part of this world. Like cats should really talk, and girls fly, or parakeets grant three simple wishes. The soil of this world is planted deep with gold dust and anything can and does happen.
Magical Realism is
what happens when a highly detailed, realistic setting is invaded by something too strange to believe. ~ Professor Matthew Strecher
I like magical realism because it is closer to the truth of our world than anything else that I know. I think so often we lose the magic of our lives in the mundane. We forget that our world has been invaded by the supernatural.
In a world where billions believe their deity conceived a mortal child with a virgin human, it’s stunning how little imagination most people display. ~Chuck Palahniuk
Though I think Mr. Palahniuk was being sarcastic, I still laugh when I read this quote because of the truth in it. I am one of those people who believes in not only the virgin birth, but the resurrection and forgiveness of sins as well. Yet I still live my days like there’s no gold dust to be found. Like the immanent frame is all there is and I’ve got all the time in the world.
But what if I lived my life like magical realism is true? Like the Supernatural has invaded the mundane? Like anything is possible? What would that look like?
I’m not sure but this is the year that I find out. I christen 2015: The Year of Magical Living. This is the year that I boldly live out the dreams that God has placed in my heart. This is a year of living without fear or reservations or vegging out in front of the t.v, or dating all of the wrong people. This is a life in living color.
And it started exactly 53 days ago (where have you been?)
I am so excited to go on this year-long journey. My friend P told me that she could see the excitement bubbling under my skin’s surface. You are most definitely welcome to come along for the ride.
Ever been so excited that your whole body quivers? Like when your core temperature drops and even your abs start to shiver — only it’s out of complete happiness?
Well, bottle it up. You’re going to need that this year.