Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Is the answer to a neverending story . . .

One of my all-time favourite move theme songs growing up was the Neverending Story performed by Limahl.  You probably remember how hard it was to make friends at school.  You were probably bullied at school (or you were the bully).  What did you do to escape being bullied?  You ran away and hid in a bookstore to avoid the bullies (at least you weren't thrown into that garbage bin again).

Turn around 
Look at what you see
In her face
The mirror of your dreams

Make believe I'm everywhere
Given in the light
Written on the pages
Is the answer to a neverending story

You instantly felt sorry for Bastian.  You could tell he was struggling to communicate with his father at home, because you knew that he was quite close to his mother.  She would have indulged his dreams and fantasies about the world, and would have even known about the bullying situation.

But enough about Bastian.
Every tweenie around the time that this movie was released in 1984 was hopelessly in love with Noah Hathaway who played the character of Atreyu.  When his beloved horse Artax died in that swamp of sadness, you could feel his pain.  

Reach the stars
Fly a fantasy
Dream a dream
And what you see will be

As an adult, when I think about the lengths that Atreyu travelled to try and combat the Nothing and save Fantasia, I think about our own trials that we face in our daily lives to complete a quest.  What is your quest?  What is your quest of epic proportions that only you can face, ultimately alone, even when you do collect a band of merry men along the way in your journey - ultimately you must face your nemesis alone (and most of the time - your nemesis is yourself).

Show no fear
For she may fade away
In your hand
The birth of a new day

One of the greatest lessons I think you can learn in life - is how much you can do.
I'm not talking about god-like proportions or superhuman feats.
I'm talking about how we sometimes have such low expectations of ourselves, low self-esteem that we don't trust in ourselves to do what we can.  I firmly believe that it is within you, to shape your happiness, to craft your destiny, but you need to take heed of the signs, opportunities and be willing to work damn hard to get to your destination.  The fun part about your epic journey is that you probably won't know that you've reached that destination - until you get there.  Because maybe somewhere along that epic journey, a greater purpose reveals itself to you that supersedes that goal which now pales in insignificance because you've discovered, uncovered and revealed why you were born.

That my friend, is YOUR neverending story :-)

Rhymes that keep their secrets
Will unfold behind the clouds
And there upon a rainbow
Is the answer to a neverending story. . . 
Neverending story. . .