Now why, you might be asking yourself, would a blog dedicated to music, design, architecture, men’s fashion and generally cool stuff, be writing about a children’s book that was first published over 50 years ago? Simple. Had there never been a Harold and the Purple Crayon, this blog may not exist today.
Written by Crockett Johnson in 1955, this charming little book thoroughly captured my imagination as a boy, opening my eyes to the very real possibility that you can visualize and create your own world if you simply try. I firmly believe that the story within these pages planted the seed of creativity inside of me that would eventually lead me to choose the life of a designer/musician… A journey that I am still on to this day and hence, this blog.
In the story, Harold wants to go for a walk in the moonlight, but there is no moon, so he draws one. He has nowhere to walk, so he draws a path. He has many adventures looking for his room, and in the end he draws his own house and bed and goes to sleep.
The message is simple and direct; envision it, believe in it, create it. It’s the same message that so-called self-help gurus have been regurgitating and making millions off of for decades. Who knew that little Harold and his magical purple crayon had the secret all along?
Buy this special little book and read it to your children, they will thank you for it in years to come. Better yet, read it yourself and be… Inspired!
Randy – A Life Designed