Bobby Bragan Essay: Dr Seuss

It is true of many people, that age is inversely related to imagination. The more “mature” a person gets, the less they dream of things unseen. We tend to leave our creavity in the same place we leave our coloring books and bedtime stories, behind us. I don’t know many people that have maintained their inspired frame of mind, but our world has been blessed with some that have.

Theodore Seuss Geisel is my role model, because he never turned his back on wonder, and he shared his imagination with the world. He wrote and illustrated books, that have been adored by millions of kids, under the name: Dr. Seuss.

Dr. Seuss has created countless characters to teach children about important values. Honesty, loyalty, faithfulness, determination, and the importance of family and friends are only a few of the ethics that Geisel communicates to kids. In Horton Hears A Who, Seuss interprets that a “person is a person, no matter how small”, and that no matter how insignificant you think you are, you can make an overwhelming difference. In Oh The Places You’ll Go he encourages readers to try their hardest, because they can do anything if they set their minds to it.

I, for one, have taken things I learned from Dr Seuss books and applied them to everyday decisions. These decisions are what have defined my character. And I’m glad my character has been molded after someone like him. Geisel hasn’t only effected me as a child. His wisdom is useful to people of all ages. I’ve been inspired to try new things and talk to new people by his statement “If you never have you should. Things are fun and fun is good.”

Dr Seuss has taught me to be whatever person I want to be and be proud of it. He once said “Be yourself, because the people who mind don’t matter, and the people who matter don’t mind.” Geisel could take something as complex as finding true love, and define it as simply as “when you can’t fall asleep, because your reality is finally better than your dreams.”

Teddy Geisel has taught me that a little nonsense is good for you it “wakes up the brain cells”, and really, isn’t that what we all need sometimes? I don’t see why we shouldn’t look at life from every angle, change it’s color, then give it polka dots and wings. Creativity is essential to life, the world would be a rather boring place without people who look at life through the other end of a telescope.

I thank God that I’ve had the oppurtunity to know characters like Horton, The Cat in The Hat, and even little Cindy Loo Who. They have taught me things without even allowing me to be aware of it. Dr. Seuss has inspired me to make the best of my life, and live every moment with passion and integrity, and to just allow myself to stop and have fun. It is much too easy in today’s world of constant going and doing, to let yourself get caught up in work for the rest of your life. Of course, work is important and completely necessary, but it is by no means all there is to life.

Because of Teddy Geisel’s contribution to my life, I am able to look at the end of one moment as the beginning of a whole new adventure. And when faced with an ending of something I loved, I will not cry because it’s over, I’ll smile because it happened. I hope I have made it apparent why I wish to emulate Theodore Seuss Geisel. As I grow older, I hope not to become an “obsolete child”, and that as I mature I still have my sense of wonder. I wish to continue imaginning, dreaming, and trying my hardest to be as much like Dr. Seuss as I can be. He is my role model.


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