I haven’t read this book but when I saw the trailer for The Little Prince filling up my newsfeed on Facebook, naturally, I decided I needed to watch it too, you know.. just to stay in the loop.
So, I watched it. And watched it again. And again.
And now here I am wiping tears from my keyboard.
How many of us can relate to Little Girl? I know I can. Growing up is tough but it looks good a lot of the time, right? More responsibility equals more freedom and freedom is a good thing.
But is it really freedom?
There are so many things society expects of us.
Go to college.
Be top of your class.
Get a job. That pays. A lot.
Get married (to a good looking person.)
Have a family.
Raise respectful, well mannered, awesome children.
All of these things look great on a resume and probably to other people but are they life-giving? When we run through day to day life aimlessly accomplishing one of these things right after the other without ever really stopping to think if we’re truly, genuinely happy we dig ourselves into a spiritual, emotional slump. When we plan our lives to a T we take out all invitation to the unexpected joys this life has to offer.
Who are we looking to gain acceptance from anyway? Is it for us? Is it for others? Who are we trying to please? Why are we trying to please them? What are we measuring our success to? Why do we think we know what's best for our lives?
Watching this trailer I was reminded of the dangers of living life in our own strength, with our own plans, and a skewed idea of freedom. I was also reminded of how important relationships are and how it’s so easy to forget that we weren’t created to just pay bills or go to school or marry.
It’s so easy to get caught up in growing up that we forget to look around.
Little Girl’s mom was the epitome of the thoughts I fight in my head every. single day.
“If you don’t do x then you wont be good enough.”
“You have to be unhappy in order to be successful.”
“You don’t always get to do what you want to do.”
"Life is about work not about play."
These are lies. Fight for your dreams. Do what makes you happy. Life was never meant to be a ladder of success. We were all uniquely designed to fulfill a calling that only we can succeed at. Success is not measured by money, job status, grades, your degree, instagram likes, or who you know, it’s all relative to the stirring in your heart that gets you out of bed in the morning and the thing that makes you glow from the inside out. Success is measured in how you steward what you have been given and how you respond to the things life throws at you in the process.
If you want to be successful chase your dreams- find your calling- and don’t do it alone.
Don’t forget to look up from your job, your studies, your marriage, and your phone to see who's running next to you. Don’t forget that when you’re tired, you can rest and when your side is cramping from running too long you’re allowed to sit down and chug some water (or eat three ice-cream cones.) This life is infinitely more than coming in first place and when you figure this out and find others who understand it, too, life turns into a huge playground. It becomes less of a race and more of an adventure.
So keep running, friend! I think you're doing a great job. The best is yet to come.