Not far from where I live, there is a stand of woods that I often go walking through. Trails permeate all through them from the many kids that play there and often when I go walking along those trails I can hear the kids playing off in a distance and it takes me back to my childhood days and the many times me and my brothers and sisters played in woods not so different from this. We would play pirates, Robin Hood and all manner of games, like hide-n-seek. We'd go on adventures to discover some long lost buried treasure(of that which we never did find) of some King that once ruled over the land(though not likely seeing how we lived in the Pacific Northwest - didn't care - we were kids and we imagined).
Our swords and spears were sticks. We slayed many a foul beasties in those dank, dark woods, and oh the tales we had to share when we got home with our mother of how we fought off the dragon that lived in a cave(an old mining tunnel that had long since collapsed and only went back about 30ft or so)...didn't matter to us though - a dragon lived there and we slew it! LOL! So much fun.
Today, I sit on my balcony overlooking that stand of woods not far from where I live and wish that I could somehow magically go back in time to those days when I was a kid and go adventuring again. What a magical time that was and oh how I miss them.
Well those days have come and gone, child hood is over and frak I grew up! With it came, work, relationships, a job, rent, marriage, kids, a husband, pets, car payments, and a myriad of other things that tends to muck up our lives, like drug addictions, the passing of friends and family, the world going all crazy and going by so fast it makes you wish even harder that you could turn back that clock and be a kid again when all you had to worry about was eating, playing, going to school and doing a few chores.
What does one do when they wish to be a kid again if even for just one day? You do what a lot of us do. You play an MMORPG! Yeah for MMORPG's! We can forget the world and our lives for brief stretches of time and become that child that ran around in the woods slaying the beasties with your wooden sword and finding the buried treasure. We may have to grow up and be adults, but nothing says we have to stay there all the time. Online virtual worlds allow us to escape the realities of our lives and take us to places we dreamt of as children, when we only had our imaginations - only today we can see those castles, the cave where the dragon lives and those beasties come to life in a way that they some times haunt your dreams while you sleep.
Even though we now have these virtual worlds, I see the woods and they call to me...they say, "Come play Kristi. There is a foul beast that lives here that needs to be driven out or the lady of the castle will have to remain trapped behind the cold damp walls of the tower for ever more." Virtual worlds online are only so good...but my imagination is stronger. Oh to be a kid again..if just for a day - once in awhile.