Do you believe in Magic?
As a native-born Floridian, I was 6 years old when Space Mountain opened in Orlando’s Disney World. I still remember in exact detail the thrill of going on that ride. My parents decided to skip the long lines during the day and waited until the crowds went to watch the fireworks that night to have my brothers, themselves and I all experience this classic roller coaster for the first time.
The adventure did not begin when the ride started. No, the window displays and the futuristic storyline continued all the way throughout helped build the whole feeling of escape and excitement. Truly, an extraordinary moment.
Sleepy and yawning beforehand, I certainly woke up after that, giggling for hours!
Yes, I want that Magical Sunday night feeling, when your parents chose to watch on TV Mickey Mouse over Mickey Rooney (and if you do not know who that is, OY!). Not the jaded, blasé, know-that-mechanical wires-control-the Peter Pan Ride-attitude held by my too-smart-for their-own-good children. Not the sterile, face-covered, no touching Meet-and-Greet of the Characters’ version children will now sadly encounter.
No, I remember when ordering food into the house was such a special treat, not a preventative measure against a deadly virus. When neighbors, relatives and teachers still hugged children when they hurt, not worried about molestation charges or sharing germs. When wearing a mask and gloves into a bank was not a potential act of thoughtfulness and kindness but probably meant you were going to spend the next 20 years in a federal prison!
Children laugh up to 400 times in a day, yet most adults barely do so, with an average of only 15 laughs in the same given time.
Have we lost the ability to see the good in every situation or do we choose not to do so?
As 2020 continues, I feel as frustrated as so many others, often recognizing that I need to readjust my perspective and renew my childlike belief in Disney World immediately.
As my aunt, of blessed memory, often said, Life is like a Roller Coaster. Some people choose to cover their eyes and scream in terror, while others throw their hands up in the air and shout with glee. Our journey is determined by how we choose to view the ride.
For example, after Hurricane Andrew took our family home, destroying years of security in an instant, my mom, dad and I went to see the damage for ourselves. My mother wailed over the huge loss, expressed the overwhelming sadness she felt, including her fears about their plans for retirement ruined. My Dad? He looked at her and calmly said at least now he did not have to mow the lawn that weekend!!
We cannot always predict the path our lives will take but we certainly can control our attitude. So Smile, Breathe and Believe in Magic! As Winnie the Pooh once reflected, “Wasn’t it Beautiful When You Believed in Everything”?!?
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