Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll is one of my all-time favourites and it’s the kind of book that grows with the reader. I have written about books that offer new elements when you read them at different ages; they change with your perspective, maturity and experience and evolve as much as you do as a person or/and as a reader, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is one of them.
The first time I read the book, I was eight years old. I loved the animals and odd characters, and that was all. The Cheshire Cat still holds a piece of my heart! I have read it at least 10 times since then and I am still counting.
Each time I read it, I am left wondering about the number of metaphors in the story I had never noticed before (more about that in a post, someday!). Alice’s imagination takes her places and it’s strong enough to make her and the reader believe it is real. What stops us from doing the same?
If Alice never mustered enough curiosity to follow a rabbit, a formally-dressed, talking rabbit at that, down a rabbit-hole, real or otherwise, she would have never found Wonderland. If we never strive to achieve something that seems impossible, and if we never believe enough to take any road that may lead us to our goal, we’ll never get there.
A goal doesn’t necessarily need to seem impossible, it could be simple, of course – grow a garden, write poems, paint every week, learn hairstyles, drink enough water. It’s the overwhelming ones that truly seem impossible – establish and sustain a business, be fluent in a handful of languages, scale peaks, swim across an ocean, be kind to everyone – but people have done it.
It begins with simply wondering about what would happen if you really did follow your dreams. Once you have seen the end result or destination in your mind, it’s motivation enough sometimes. That’s all it takes. Wonder is a powerful thing if you use it right!
I dream at my desk about a whole lot of things. I make possible plans and envision fantastically impossible outcomes and that makes me want to work myself to the bone to get to it. Along the journey, if you feel like you are losing momentum or inspiration, stop to take a rest like you would on any other journey. That stop could be for a day, an hour, a year or a minute, but it’s up to you to continue and find out if the goal is as impossible as it seemed when you began wondering about it.
What impossible things do you think of, Dreamers?