Yep, I’m here, in the middle of a mini-vacation with my husband and daughter. We live only about forty minutes away (without traffic), and we’re Annual Passholders, so we come ALL the time — to the point of glorious ridiculousness.
Can’t help it — I’ve been a Disney geek forever. Long before I had a kid, long before I was married, I still had an Annual Pass. My then-writing-partner and I would come down to Disneyland with our notebooks, soak in the atmosphere, and work. Sometimes we’d take in some rides, but that was secondary to just being here.
Happily, I married a Disney geek too, and our daughter has been equally obsessed since birth.
So we’re here, taking in the Happiest Place on Earth all decorated for the holidays, and as always when we come here, it’s a little slice of bliss.
It’s also the home of my all-time favorite quote.
Okay, not really, because the quote comes from The Muppet Movie, and I actually have Jim Henson to thank for it (which I do, pretty much daily). But since Disney now owns the Muppets (and the Muppet movies, I believe), I can make that connection…that, um, rainbow connection. The quote comes not from that song, but from the last song in the movie, called The Magic Store.
In my opinion, this song is the ultimate inspiration for anyone who yearns to follow their dreams and build a life in a creative industry. In it, Kermit and his friends, who have come together from all corners of the United States, faced all kinds of adversity, and finally inked their “Standard Rich and Famous Contract” sing about how it happened. And at the very end, just before the Swedish Chef calls out, “The flim is okey-dokey!”, Kermit sings:
Life’s like a movie
Write your own ending
Keep believing, keep pretending…
YES!!!! That’s it! We all have the power to make our dreams come true! And with all due respect to the amazing Walt Disney, it’s not just about making a wish upon a star. It takes more than that. It takes effort. It takes the strength to keep believing and keep pretending, even when the journey gets hard. And if you can do that, if you have the fortitude to stick with it… you get to write your own ending to the movie of your life.
It doesn’t get any better than that.