Tuesday, 22 April 2014

There must be more than this provincial life . . .

My all-time favourite Disney movie is "Beauty and the Beast".  Every kid's dream is to visit Disneyland (and I had that chance in 1987 but it rained so it was multiple rides on the It's a Small World attraction and watching Michael Jackson's 3D movie Captain Eo in the theatre rather than riding around on the famous Cups and Saucers, the ride I really wanted to go on since being enthralled by The Wonderful World of Disney movies that featured every Sunday evening in New Zealand).

When you start to realise that your day seems like Groundhog Day - not the actual day that's celebrated in Pennsylvania, but the one where every day seems the same as always and nothing really changes - what do you do?  What do you when you're fed up with your current state of affairs and hunger, or at least wish for something different to happen in your life?  Unless you make some moves or small goals to change your current situation, then you're just stuck in the clouds living day in and out in the same day (or life).

Then there's the other side of the coin where you might have a Gaston lurking in the shadows who has deluded plans in his head about you (consult don't insult).  Then you become a pawn in their little game, or a victim to their insane need to have the "best" in their life and it happens to be you. Thankfully Belle has the sense to outwit and outsmart this buffoon before finding adventure, love and happiness with her unlikely hero, the Beast.

The idea that someone can change or restore themselves (the Beast) or someone could gain the type of freedom that they crave and celebrate who they truly are (Belle) in the midst of realising true love is definitely magical (or something else if you're a cynic).

The end of the song in the field behind Belle's house reminds me of one of my other favourite films where Fraulein Maria sings about hills being alive with the sound of music. . .

I want adventure in the great wide somewhere
I want it more than I can tell
And for once it might be grand
To have someone understand
I want so much more than they've got planned. . .

Moral of the story: take chances, be a risk-taker and enjoy life,  It's too short living the same thing day in and day out, especially if doing that, doesn't make you happy :-)  If you are not living the life you want, you might be living the life you need.  If you're not living the life you need, you might be living the life you want (but you're in denial).

This post is dedicated to +Natalie Faitala who told me one day, sometimes students can push you to your limits and make you think about a career change. . . if not in front of a classroom, then in front of policy makers who can influence how Pasifika students can learn and achieve in classrooms :-)