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*Ray Bradbury: Sometimes You Just Need To Pack Up Your Dinosaurs And Leave The Room*

Picture of Ray Bradbury author of Fahrenheit 451 to illustrate this story about his childhood.
As a child, author Ray Bradbury experienced a painful turning point that was so powerful it affected him for the rest of his life.

What he learned from this experience became one of the foundations of his success in writing stories…


RUNNING HOME IN TEARS

While in elementary school Ray Bradbury became a huge fan of the sci-fi series Buck Rogers, which told stories about a hero fighting for justice in a futuristic world. He collected everything he could find about it, including cutting out and saving all the Buck Rogers comic strips that were printed each day in the newspaper.

Picture representing author Ray Bradbury as a child being bullied by a classmate.He loved the stories and it made him happy to read them, but there was a problem… all his friends thought Buck Rogers was a really dorky thing to be into.

It wasn’t long before his (so called) friends started to openly make fun of him for collecting Buck Rogers stuff. It got so bad that one day he ran home in tears and tore up all the Buck Rogers comic strips he had collected, vowing to give up following that story forever.

He thought that would be the end of that, no more collecting comic strips no more being made fun of.

Picture of Buck Rogers from a comic strip like Ray Bradbury used to collect as a child.However, a few days later he burst into tears again, but for a different reason.


PACKING UP THE DINOSAURS

So what happened? Well in the few days after ripping up the comic strips the young Ray Bradbury came to a realization.

He realized that by giving up something he loved so much he had let a major part of himself die, and it would stay dead forever unless he took action…

I went back to collecting Buck Rogers. My life has been happy ever since. For that was the beginning of my writing science fiction.

Since then, I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows, or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room.

I love the image of Ray Bradbury tucking dinosaurs under his arm and exiting a room full of haters. There’s definitely a great lesson here about why you should never cave in to negative people or compromise your true self, because it will only hold you back.

Easier said than done of course, but if a little kid can do it then there’s hope for the rest of us don’t you think?


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  1. theikarians says:

    I think this is a matter (in big part) of assertiveness, a big deal for me yet to practice most times.

    • Anita says:

      Hi Nairim,

      I agree, it can be incredibly hard to go one direction when everybody else is telling you to go the opposite, especially if you have doubts about how things will turn out.

      If we were all sure to be as successful as Bradbury then I think everyone would follow their hearts right away lol, but even he didn’t know back then if it would work out or not…he just took a chance on following what he loved and keeping his true self alive. He made the right choice and has lived quite an amazing life with dinosaurs, Buck Rogers, and everything else :D.

  2. theikarians says:

    Well, Interesting the thought I just get with your comment; by the instant I think it is like playing poker, you know? (crazy as it sounds) the flop is on the table and you have two good cards but dont know what your opponent has, so you just have to to the risk agaisnt the chances to loss, if you do people would think what a stupid player is, but what if you are taking the right call? At the end is your stack what you are playing. ASSERTIVENESS!

    • Anita says:

      “At the end is your stack what you are playing.”

      So true! It’s incredibly easy to forget this when the world is putting pressure on you to do things a certain way.

  3. Here’s a letter that Ray Bradbury wrote to someone in 1991, where he tells a shorter version of this story:

    Picture of letter written by Ray Bradbury, the text says: Dear William Stanhope: most important decision i ever made came at age 9...i was collecting BUCK ROGERS comic strips, 1929, when my 5th grade classmates made fun of me. I tore up the strips. A week later, broke into tears. Why was I crying? I wondered. Who die? Me, was the answer. I have torn up the Future. What to do about it? Start collecting BUCK ROGERS all over again. Fall in love with the Future! I did just that. And after that never listened to one damfool idiot classmate who doubted me! What did I learn? To be myself and only myself and never let others, prejudiced, interfere with my life. Kids, do the same. Be your own self. Love what YOU love. Best wishes, Bradbury 10/20/91.

    It was a very important story in his life no doubt and he wanted to share it as much as possible so that it could inspire others. I’m glad he did :).

  4. Mandy F. says:

    Wow, what a great story, Anita! I totally identify w/ Ray. My blog is basically full of paranormal stuff and Elvis jokes — not exactly everyone’s cup of tea. But you gotta write what you love. Even if that happens to be tentacle monsters. :)

  5. Francesca says:

    Erum… I have a smart mouth so whatever they say I can just sass them until they grow red. CX

    ~You might be slender but I ain’t tender. I’M A MAGIC BLENDER~




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