The truth through a child’s eyes moves at lightning speed, sending the adult onlooker into a realm they rarely encounter most days.
Driving to Disney World in Orlando, Florida was the beginning of a ritual my mother started as a solution to our problems. When our lives started to feel overwhelming or we’d all just had enough of the real world, she would announce that we were going to Disney World for a day.
Yes, for just a day.
So, she’d pack us into the car, stop for donuts, and drive for four hours from Miami to Orlando. It felt like heaven every single time.
Maybe it’s because the first time we ever went there, I made magic happen while making my mother a nervous wreck.
“I can’t wait to see Donald Duck!” I proclaimed in the back seat.
“Well, he might not be there right at the moment. But, it’s okay. We might see other characters,” mom reiterated.
I smiled as I drew images of my dream in a sketchpad. “We have to go to Cinderella’s Castle. He’s going to be waiting there for me.”
I simply ignored her warnings.
As the drive continued, so did I. “I’m going to give him a big hug.”
Approaching the gates, my mother kneeled down, looking me in the eyes. “We’re going to have fun no matter what. Donald Duck might be there or might not. It doesn’t matter. Let’s just have fun.”
I agreed and took her hand then forced her to go straight to the Castle. I let go of my mother’s hand when I saw him dancing around in front of the Castle.
My mother never forgot it, even though she can’t find the picture.
Last week I was feeling horrible about myself and lamenting my existence when my mom told this story again. I realized that I can do anything with the right mindset.
That was an impossible scenario. And, yet, it happened.
It happened because my mind was set on it. I lived inside the dream in my mind until I saw it before my eyes.
With so many stressful demands on adults, we could dismiss this as a childhood fluke or just a cute story. I was doing that quite a lot in the last few months.
But, when my mother reminded me of that story, I decided to test the truth of it. What awaited me shot me into a strange world of walking on clouds with people I believed I’d never meet until I tossed reality into the garbage for a day.
Find that time and dream for a day.