Stories like The Chronicles Of Narnia and Harry Potter teach us there is more to this world than meets the eye. That if we were to visit our grandparents’ house, or a great aunt or uncle, perhaps, and rummage through their home until we found a dusty old wardrobe, or a closet or basement or attic, we’d uncover a hidden world. A world full of wonder. An alternate reality in which true magic is possible. Animals can talk and behave as people, people can perform spells or transform into other species, one could fly or breathe under water or become a great hero to the folks of this other world…the possibilities are endless.
Then, of course, we grow up and enter the so-called real world and discover that the possibilities for us, for our lives, for our potential, even, do, in fact, have limits. A friend of mine believes we have to make our own magic. She chooses to believe in ghosts and the power of rituals. She’s even gone as far as to hide ornaments and small gifts when her grandchildren come to visit, then pretend not to know a thing about them after the kids discover them, providing for them her own brand of magic (a genius idea, I think).
I’ve heard of vision boards and the power of positive thinking, a la The Secret, essentially willing something into existence with your own solid belief in it. And, of course, I’ve seen people on Oprah or The Today Show talk about how this has worked for them. But I don’t actually know anyone who’s life has been significantly changed (for better or worse) because of these things. I don’t mean to be a downer here. Or call anyone a phony. I, like everyone else, would like to believe that anything really is possible for anyone (to be said like Amy Jellicoe of Enlightened) and am finding it difficult to do. That we don’t all have to be born into wealth and circumstance, or marry into it, or just happen to know the right people. That we could, somehow, transcend whatever limitations we might have and make our lives what we want them to be. Is this possible?
Perhaps I’m only thinking about this because we’re closing in on the most magical time of the year. Or because another year is ending and it’s hard not to take inventory. Tell me what you think.