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Peter Pan, Through a 4 Year Old's Eyes
Do you remember the movie Hook?
Today I was watching Hook with my children. I remember watching this movie over and over when I was a child with my mom, and I loved it. It was a special moment, as I was watching their little eyes, and answering their questions. They found the movie magical. But what I found Magical, was my Daughter's recap of the movie. Her name is Daphney and she is 4 years old.
Through her eyes.
As we were watching the movie, Daphney kept asking me questions. "Mommy, why doesn't he look like Peter Pan?. Why isn't Tinkerbell's hair blonde and her dress isn't green?" She is a great observer. We have read this book over and over again since the day she was born. As we kept watching it, she was mesmerized by the pirates, by the lost boys, and how beautiful Never land was.
Suddenly, she looks at me and says "mommy, he is not Peter Pan. Peter Pan is not old, he doesn't wear glasses, and Peter Pan is happy. That guy is always on his phone and he is not nice to his kids." she seemed let down by this. I explained to her, that when he was young, he lived in Neverland, and he was Peter Pan, but when he left Neverland, he grew up, and he forgot who he was. He had an important job which requires him to be on a cell phone, and he needed glasses to see better, but deep down inside, he was still Peter Pan.
Suddenly she looked at me and said, "I know what happened to him mom. He grew up. And when you grow up, you lose all of your power." As she said this, I realized I had never seen it like that. She is right on the spot.
We are all Peter Pan on the inside.
She is right. If you look at the freedom and happiness of a child, there is no way you can compare it to an adult. As children, we thrive with our imagination, simple things like sticks and rocks makes us happy. We don't need better things, because we love what we have. Our problems consist of sharing toys and not wanting to wear wet clothes, or go to bed.
We lose our power, because we lose our love of simple things, our love for fun. We become successful, we become our jobs, we want a bigger house, better car, better clothes, so we become confined to these thoughts, on how can I be better? We forget the most important thing, materialistic things may be fun, but they do not say who we are, only what we have.
We are all guilty of this. Therefor, we have lost our magic. By her saying this to me, I realize that, this is how children see us, powerless. Deep down inside, we are all Peter Pan. We just have to learn to open our eyes, and get back to that beautiful simplicity of life.