Recently I had the opportunity to take my daughter to get dressed up like a princess at Disney. You can’t take one kid and not the other, so I have been told, so Noah got to go too. Of course he did not want to be a princess, thankfully, so the other option was to be a knight. Disney has a great thing going with the princess thing…but they have a long way to go to make the knight thing cool.
Aubrie, my 4-year-old, was beyond ecstatic. She is very much a girly girl and already considers herself a princess. (I imagine this is going to cost me a lot of money in the future and might also be my fault.) She had been dreaming and waiting on this day for a while. When the morning came and it was time to go she was beside herself. She knew this morning was going to be all about her…and it was. The experience was great but what made the event special and memorable was not watching my girl transformed into a princess through my eyes, it was watching her turned into a princess through her eyes.
Noah, my 3-year-old, was not as excited. He likes the idea of doing things but is extremely shy. This shyness came in full force when he got to Disney to get his hair designed and covered with “dragon scales.” It is like you are almost torturing him. You know he wants to do it but he also just wants it to be over. Now don’t think I actually tortured my kid. He just sits there with a scared look on his face until he is done and feels like you are not going to make him do it ever again. After the fear subsides, he can finally embrace what has happened. The rest of the day he likes to show you his hair, sword, shield like he did something amazing that day.
Sometimes I find that I need to live in the land of Princesses and Dragon Slayers to begin to gain perspective again. It is in these moments that the stress of life, careers, bills, and all things about being a “grown up” seems to disappear. Sometimes we need those moments. I found that I am reminded of that most when I watch my kids.
See my kids live in a world of possibility not impossibility. They live with the idea that they actually can do anything. Sometimes this is scary as Noah is climbing the back of the couch ready to live out the superman symbol on his shirt. Other times it is a great reminder that many times we live too safe.
Why not take time today to live with me in the land of Princesses and Dragon Slayers. Take some time to step away from reality and gain a new perspective. Step away from safety and dare to dream. In that dream you might just find your next big adventure.
I will leave you with this quote today. One of my all time favorite quotes from Mark Batterson. I will talk more about this in another post but it is a great formula if you need to gain new perspective. As simple as it is, it has helped me time after time to be more intentional in making big decisions in my life. Let’s start living.