Writing those two words in that sequence takes me back to my roots. That phrase is how most episodes of “Doug” began. The main character, Doug Funnie, invites you into his personal and sacred journal to uncover what his life was like according to him.
As I think back I almost feel ashamed I have not accredited more to this Nickelodeon show, Doug really is the two dimensional embodiment of not only my younger self, but in many aspects, my current self. Doug’s personal adventure spanned beyond reality, it spilled into his imagination, and we were along for the whole ride.
To this day I fill find myself daydreaming larger than life stories with none other than yours truly at the center. Some of these stories involve defying gravity and control of elements, but some were definitely within the realm of possibility. “If you can dream it, you can do it,” is a famous quote by Walt Disney, and it is one I have to agree with. Often times, before a big sports event or academic trial, I’d find myself daydreaming my desired outcome, only the me that succeeded, wasn’t exactly the me I was. Sometimes the “Daydream Me” was smoother, handsomer, smarter, stronger, or whatever’”er” more than where I saw myself in reality.
Doug would often do the same, he had different alter-imagination-egos similar to Indian Jones, James Bond, and Superman who would play out scenarios for him and succeed, giving him the courage to attempt it himself. I’d like to say that my fantasies are based on more realistic versions of me, but as a 23 year old, my scenarios are just as, if not even more, unrealistic than his. I’d break every single law of science, ignore theories, and push aside all common belief to find logic.
Perception is reality and I feel like having the answer to a question can hinder the progress of people as a whole. Don’t get me wrong, it is great to question the great unknown, but I feel it is just as beneficial to question the known. It is my own personal belief that the more we “learn,” the more we find patterns and ways of predicting nearly everything. But it is the inability to recognize that we can’t predict everything that we must come to grips with. With everything we don’t know we don’t know out there, how can we possibly say without a shadow of a doubt that something is an absolute truth and law with regards to the future, present, or past?
Is it not possible that everything up until this exact moment could have been a random occurrence? Isn’t is also possible that absolutely nothing up until this point has been random and everything is explainable? If one is possible, why not the other, and why can’t it be a little of both, and who is to say which is which?
If Doug’s impossible daydreams escaped into the real world because he believed them, so whose to say yours can’t? Who is to say anything is impossible? Every moment is unique and everyone is unique with things of unique composition in unique spaces with unique forces working with, before, after, or inversely of them?
The things that were once impossible, walking on the moon, tracking seismic activity, diving to the bottom of the earth, or playing music on Mars, are now possible. The stories of fiction are now becoming fact. If someone can do that, who is to say you can’t achieve your dream?