There’s Something Truly Wonderful in You

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I was listening to some Disney music with my niece the other day and a song came on from one of my all-time favorite Disney movies, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, called “The Age of Not Believing,” by Richard and Robert Sherman. I had never listened to the words of the song before, but this time I did and it literally brought tears to my eyes.

“When you rush around in hopeless circles
Searching everywhere for something true
You’re at the age of not believing
When all the make-believe is through

When you set aside your childhood heroes
And your dreams are lost up on a shelf
You’re at the age of not believing
And worst of all you doubt yourself

You’re a castaway where no one hears you
On a barren isle in a lonely sea
Where did all the happy endings go?
Where can all the good times be?

You must face the age of not believing
Doubting everything you ever knew
Until at last you start believing
There’s something wonderful, truly wonderful, in you”

As we become adults, we start to feel the pressures of life and forget what it’s like to be a child. The problem is we NEED to be more “childlike.” As the song states, we “rush around in hopeless circles, searching everywhere for something true,” and we have lost the hopes and dreams we once had. We are forced into believing that it’s not okay to be free and happy as children are. We are taught to conform to society’s standards of what we “should” do or how we “should” act as adults, and we lose the spark we once had as children. If we are not here in this world to have fun and enjoy life, then what’s the point?

Over the years I have realized that growing up is overrated. Yes, we have responsibilities and yes we need to be a good example for our children and others in our life, but that doesn’t mean we let go of what makes us special and creates happiness in our lives. If we take away all of the wonder and excitement of childhood, we start to lose who we are innately and truly begin to “doubt ourselves.” And eventually we will start to ask, “Where did all the happy endings go? Where can all the good times be?” But if we begin to realize that life doesn’t have to be hard, it doesn’t have to be mundane and disappointing, we can slowly regain that spark we had as a child.

We make life more difficult than it has to be. Instead of living in the moment and taking each day as it comes, we think about our past regrets or stress about the future. There is a quote that I frequently read as a reminder written by Lao Tzu, “If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.” Nothing else exists except the present moment. This doesn’t mean you don’t make plans or prepare for things that may come up in life. It means you let go of expectations and you roll with the tide, because we have no control over what happens in our life, but we can control how we feel and react to life’s curveballs. That is why we can’t lose our inner child. Children are always in the moment and they live minute by minute. They have fun, see the mysteries of the world, feel the excitement of everyday life, see the beauty and love in everyone, and most importantly stay true to themselves. So find your inner child and live your life as if every day is an amazing and wondrous day. Then you will remember that “there’s something wonderful, truly wonderful, in you!”

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