Yesterday I collected acorns, climbed a tree (or at least tried to), and played with a caterpillar. I felt like a kid again, and it felt wonderful! I wonder now why we ever stop doing those “kid” things– the things that bring light to your mind and soul. I owe this wonderful day to two factors: 1) I have two young children, so I had the opportunity to play with them instead of watching from the sidelines as usual; and 2) the evening before I had watched the remake of The Little Prince on Netflix.
I knew it was coming. If you ever want to know what’s about to be introduced (or re-introduced) to the world of Pop Culture, check out your local Hot Topic. Little Prince accessories began popping up about 6 months ago. It didn’t seem like the usual type of pop culture phenomenon that Hot Topic promotes. Admittedly, I have yet to read the book, but I do remember enjoying the original movie when I was a little kid. Obviously, none of it really made any sense to me at the time. I just knew that it was oddly entertaining. Talking roses, tiny planets, a cute boy with an accent… what’s not to like?
Well, the new movie was certainly no disappointment. It was cute, quirky, funny, and full of subtle (and not so subtle) advice that can spark change in any open and willing heart. Hence my frolicking in the park. Similar to every fandom-worthy book, show or movie, the story is rich with elements that meet you where you are in life and bring about in you a desire to make a change for the better.
For me, it was a reminder that there is a whole world and universe out there just waiting to be explored. The world is so much more than this little office in this little house, in this little town. I can’t waste my life pretending that it is. And I won’t.
For my kids, they learned what they could do with their imagination. And also, that old people aren’t scary.
For you it might be just the kick in the butt you need to remind you of the dreams you’ve forgotten. Have you been swept up into a 9 to 5 world and unremembered all that you wanted to do with your life? It’s not too late. Take action now! Live your dreams!
The stories that we are drawn to most are the ones that have something important to teach us. Pay attention to the feelings they incite. Don’t just brush it off as a “good movie.” It’s a story that ignites your passion, so what are you going to do about it? Don’t do nothing like most people will. Instead, think about the plot and the characters. Figure out what they mean to you, and start taking action– just one small step– right now. Then another small step tomorrow, and the next day, and the next. Big change doesn’t happen all at once. It happens by dedicating yourself to taking action a little bit at a time.
So, how does the Little Prince speak to you? What stories have changed your life when you let them?
I’m looking forward to reading the book now. Hopefully then I can figure out the deeper meaning of the strange rose and tiny asteroids
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