Pan is the image of freedom. Forever young (also one of my favorite Rod Stewart songs). No rules, no taxes, no fear. I don’t remember being a huge Peter Pan fan as a kid. I didn’t dislike him, I just didn’t think about him a lot. (I always liked the movie Hook though.)
And now that I’ve put on a few years, I realize my mind has deceived me, or I have deceived my mind. Either way, I tend to feel like I’m 16. I’m not. My body knows I’m not. My schedule knows I’m not. Everyone around me KNOWS I’m not.
I love birthdays (by the way)! They are my favorite holiday. But each year I am genuinely surprised at adding another year to my age. So in the theme of Peter Pan’s resistance to age (except in Hook), here are some of my favorite quotes from the movie.
“Never say good-bye because saying good-bye means going away and going away means forgetting.”
I take pride in my memory, but part of keeping my memories alive is intentionally remembering things. I either have to write things down or keep each person in my life so the things I forget are remembered by another, and I can again remember.
“So come with me where dreams are born and time is never planned.”
I imagine a place where I can spend my time recording my day dreams, and I don’t have to stick to any type of schedule. I disdain having my free time planned out. I can see the good in it at times. But then it becomes something I have to do instead of something I just do. Why does that matter? I don’t know, but it does. My days are pretty mapped out – and it’s just something I have to deal with. But if I had my way, I would waste so much time.
“Little boys should never be sent to bed. They always wake up a day older.”
To quote Doc Holiday in Tombstone, “Live, Wyatt.” Time moves faster every year. We all know that by now. My definition of living is probably different from many others’, but whatever it is you are here to do, do it.
Side note: Girls should be sent to bed early. I have found that an early bedtime is the best discipline I can give. They hate going to bed early – I don’t blame them. It’s been a fantastic tool for me!
“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.”
Sylvia Plath said, “The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” Doubt and insecurity feed off of themselves. They expand and multiply, and unless you choose to cut them off, they will own you. You worry about what others will think, what they will say, when the truth is – only the most insecure people will ridicule your passion.
Erin Hanson wrote the words “What if I fall? Oh, but my Darling, what if you fly?”
Do you fear failure, or do you fear the success? Either way, fear is a liar. The first time I read those words, it was an unexpected realization, an awakening. Who is fear that I should give in to it? Fear has only the power that I allow it. I fail . . . and hopefully will many more times. At least I will have tried.
I find failure much more pleasing than standing in fear.
“You know that place between sleep and awake, the place where you can still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you. That’s where I’ll be waiting.”
So I’m a little bit sappy. I don’t care. This is such a beautiful statement, and it almost rhymes.
This reminds me of a C.S. Lewis quote I recently pinned:
“Love is not an affectionate feeling but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.”