Jason Carne is the man behind the latest “Collaborate & Dream” t-shirt and is a well respected designer.
Once upon a time there was a child with a vivid imagination, abstract and jam-packed with ideas. As he grew up, he never lost the connection with his childhood self or the detailed imagery of his imagination. I consider myself lucky to have so many people in my life that support my life choices despite how abstract they might be. The world needs artists and creative types for many reasons, but I will leave it up to you to interpret why. My reasoning may vary greatly from yours and that is great. Creativity tends to mean different things to people. This past weekend I revisited the land of dreams, Walt Disney World, and it was interesting to see how inspired I was leaving. The world that captivated me as a child, now intrigues me. When I was younger it was the story lines that drew me in, but now it is the people behind the scenes creating this world for us – carrying out one man’s dream.
My trip to Disney was an important one to me. It was the first time meeting my girlfriend’s, Beth, family as well as revisiting a place I held dear for many years. I was exceptionally excited about this trip, my girlfriend inspires me daily and being able to see her in her element was something to look forward to. The parks were filled with families from all over the world. It was hard to believe the amount of smiles I was surrounded by. I was particularly happy to see the employees give a 110% to uphold the Disney feeling: euphoric and whimsical. Between a number of tours and my girlfriend’s family, I learned a lot about Walt Disney and his vision. If you stop and think for a second how amazing his vision was, it is incredible. There are thousands of Disney cast members that are carrying out one man’s legacy. The idea of dreaming is often frowned upon by many realists, but this company and all its guests do not agree with them. Dreams are important for all of us to have and even if they don’t come true, it is better than not dreaming at all.
We would be foolish to think that world does not have it share of dark tales, but places like Walt Disney World gives us something to look forward to; a place of refuge. It encourages us to dream and follow our hearts despite the obstacles around us. While it may come off as cheesy or unrealistic to some, it means the world to others. The harder I dream, the more determined I become – every time I work on an O.F.D. project or look into Beth’s eyes I see truth in that. That is why dreams are important to me.
Mike Giant is one of my favorite artists. Here’s an old lecture for your viewing pleasure.
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