Some wonder if Alice’s adventures were real or if it was a dream. Perhaps it is only in dreaming that we find a reality that is worth living.
Sure, we all have responsibilities. Life is full of hardships, frustration and disappointments, but it is also full of adventure, surprise, and “gifts” of God and nature.
When Alice drifted off and fell down the Rabbit Hole she was met with the unexpected, a world that challenged her understanding of normal. In doing so it awakened in her new visions for living life on her terms. She learned to question that which seemed absurd, yet was common thinking in the world where she was lost.So often we are lost in our own world. We accept its absurdities as truth. We predict our misfortunes based upon previous disappointments. It isn’t until we begin to question that we can discover new possibilities.
Two years ago, I wasn’t sure Wonderland existed. The leap of faith to do something different was scary. We shed possessions we thought we needed and learned that they were never important. We walked into the shadows of the unknown only to find light. We traded the comfort and security of our two-story home in the suburbs for a small studio and found that home can be much broader than a building or even a city.
Wonderland is real. It lives in our dreams. As Alice discovered, the line between reality and dreams can be obscure. When she awoke from her dream, she was forever changed by Wonderland.
Perhaps Wonderland is different for everyone, for some it is a place, for others it is an idea, for us it is a state of mind.
Following a dream can be scary. There is risk of failure, embarrassment, disappointment. We may choose to live our lives pursing our Wonderlands or live them out in the safe confines of reality. There is something about letting go and taking the leap that frees us of the things that have been holding us back.
Yes Virginia, there is a Wonderland, but perhaps it can only be found following our dreams.