Within children's literature there is a much loved character who could teach us a lot about how to cope in these trying times, and that would be Peter Pan. Written by Scottish playwright, JM Barrie, it tells the story of a free-spirited and mischievous young boy who can fly, never grows up and spends his never-ending childhood having adventures on the mythical island of Neverland as the leader of the Lost Boys.
Of all the great coping skills that Peter has, he is often burdened by his one weakness which is his inability to accept he will have to grow up one day. When he comes to the point of having to make the decision to go with his friend Wendy and risk growing up or staying in Neverland, he chooses to stay in the life he knows, and turn down the unknown.
How many people in this past year have been at the point of having to make a decision whether to stay or go? In the words of Australian poet, Erin Hanson: “There is freedom waiting for you, on the breezes of the sky. And you ask “What if I fall?” Oh but my darling, “What if you fly?”
Here’s some points of inspiration to enjoy courtesy of Mr. Barrie’s masterpiece as we continue to navigate these difficult times:
- Plans can change unexpectedly
- Don't be afraid to try new things
- Embrace adventure
- Everybody has to grow up sometime
- Let your imagination fly
- Be positive, look on the bright side, know that whatever life throws at you – it’s the best. And you’ll find happiness and joy in the darkest of places.
- There is a time for everything -If you don’t believe you can do it, you’ll fail. If you don’t trust that the best will happen to you and expect it, bad things may come your way. If you doubt that you’ll find happiness, you won’t.