Maurice Sendak’s Beautiful Struggle

Life experiences impact our imagination. Usually, it’s the burdensome experiences that spawn the most creative moments. If all things were going well, we may not spend the time to collect our thoughts and visualize how things could be better.

Maurice Sendak will be remembered for his artistic and storytelling brilliance, which evolved through a lifetime of personal regret and suffering. His best art came out particularly during his life’s hardest moments.

Creativity can be a sufferer’s medicine. We revive life when we enjoy our crazy imaginations.

“Dear Mr. Sendak,” read one, from an 8-year-old boy. “How much does it cost to get to where the wild things are? If it is not expensive, my sister and I would like to spend the summer there.”

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.