Jacina Hollins-Borges recalls her childhood imaginations, specifically through her play, mythology, and creative writing. She then reflects on how her relationship to imagination has evolved over the years and how it allows her to appreciate the world’s small wonders and the unknown and to express gratitude for them. She also considers the sociopolitical potential of the imagination as a way of exploring alternatives to our dominant societal structures and conceptualizations of “success.” Hollins-Borges then describes her “ultimate self,” as someone who simply exists as a part of our earth and has healing powers such as plant growth, but also takes on the role as a protector with celestial powers and fights with star-formed fireballs. She thinks about the ways that her imagination influences and plays out in her reality. Then, she describes the ways in which she enjoys loving and being loved. Finally, Hollins-Borges emphasizes the importance of having a child-like imagination, allowing ourselves to be one with our environment, and finding wonder.
(Interview conducted on April 11th, 2021)
Imagination, childhood, fantasy, mythology, creative writing, wonder, the unknown, gratitude, capitalism, “success,” utilitarianism, productivity, healing, protection, nature, love
- 00:20 Childhood imaginations (play, mythology)
- 06:48 Imagination now, small wonders, and gratitude
- 12:24 Maintaining the unknown
- 14:24 Imagining alternative societal structures
- 17:40 Imagining the “ultimate self”
- 25:58 Fantastical worldbuilding
- 27:52 Imaginations played out in reality
- 32:30 Loving and being loved
- 42:52 Final Words (Child-like, fun imagination, finding wonder)
Jacina Hollins-Borges (she/her) is from Alpharetta, GA. She is a graduate of Davidson College (‘21), where she majored in History and was a part of the Hobart Park editorial staff.