Essay by kizza86 July 2004

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A famous Chinese proverbs states that "a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

Mr Curran, Miss Calendar, fellow students.

The word journey originates from the French word "jour" meaning 'the duration of a day.' A journey suggests the idea of a somewhat prolonged travelling for a specific object, leading a person to pass directly from one point to another. A journey can be something we undertake with a distinct goal in mind, however some journeys are so insignificant they may go unrecognised.

A journey is not just simply a distance travelled from point A to point B, but it is more an experience. Along the way, all the people one meets, all the skills one gathers and all the knowledge collected, shape and mould that person into who they become at the end. Journeys surround us in everyday life. From day one life pulls us into a windy road scattered with obstacles along the way.

This is a journey we all experience. This journey is called life.

Experiencing a journey is not only limited by being on a trip, and physical travel is certainly not a requirement for journeying. In fact we all journey every night in our dreams. These dreams are specifically know as imaginary journeys.

The imagination can be defined as being "the formation of a mental image of something that is neither perceived as real nor present to the senses."

An imagination is a place inside everyone's mind where things that do not exist in reality come to life. The human imagination has no restrictions and is limitless in what it can generate. It is disordered, complex and compact.

Wallace Stevenson, an American poet, once said, "The imagination is the mind pressing back against reality."

This idea of an imaginary journey can be...