What is it about being a princess that fascinates so many little girls? Here you see the dress, the tiara, and the wand that go with each outfit…I couldn’t fit the shoes and the wigs in the picture. When I saw this in the Disney store, I could hear giggles and screams of joy from the little girl behind me…she ran for the pink one! Her brilliant father just smiled and let her dance and play with the dress, that is until the begging and pleading started. I walked away so I did not have to endure the painful negotiation.
There is something wonderful about dressing up and pretending to be someone or something else. We do it as adults for Halloween and costume parties. Some of us take great joy in creating our elaborate idea and turning it into the perfect outfit. Some of us like to be silly, some serious, some seductuve…some leave the rest of us wondering what you were thinking. All in all, at some time in your life you dressed up for fun. I bet your parents even documented the moment, and you spent the rest of your life trying to lose those pictures.
There is a freedom – if only for a short time period – in pretending to be someone else. We have a chance to lose ourself in the persona of someone else. All our cares and worries and responsibilities are left behind, until the make up and costume come off. For a brief while we get to amuse ourselves and others by overacting and being silly. We can be children and not have to grow up until we put back on our regular clothes.
As adults the challenge can be knowing what we want to be when we grow up. I think that is a question people struggle with at all ages. I spoke to a colleague today who was reinventing herself and looking forward to “growing into who she always wanted to be” at age 55. It’s never too late to figure out what you want to be when you grow up…and that question doesn’t get much easier as you get older. I often ask people I am coaching, “If time and money were not an issue, what would you really be doing?” Some people have an answer, some people fall silent…and some people tell me they can’t think like that because time and money are always an issue. Which person are you? How would you answer that question?
Today my challenge for you is to put on your favorite dress up outfit – princess, or pirate, or astronaut – and pretend. Imagine you could be anyone or anything you wanted. Let your mind dream of a wonderful future if only for a little while. After you finish imagining, here is a hint…’work’ as if what you imagined could come true. Make it come true…the only limit you REALLY have is how you think and what you are willing to do to make it come true. When you were little the sky was the limit…as an adult your only limit is yourself.