YIPPEE! It’s that time of year, peeps…applications for the 2013 Disney Moms Panel are now being accepted until September 14 or until they reach 14,000! Whoa! I knew it was popular but 14,000? WOW!
Here’s the link if you want to check it out…http://disneyworldforum.disney.go.com/recruiting. For those who have been waiting for this year to roll around (special shoutout to the Pink Ladies, Disney Divas, and the #Disney GalPals), I can’t wait to go through this journey with you! And for the rest, excuse me as I chronicle this chapter (read: I may get a tab bit obsessive about this). Either way, I could use a few cheerleaders in my corner!
Which got me to thinking about ambitious dreams. Yes, the odds may not be ever in my favor, but do I use that as an excuse and simply not try? I’m reading a book by Nick Vujicic entitled Life Without Limits. If you’ve never heard of Nick before, he is a motivational speaker who hails from Australia. Nick was born with no arms or legs, and yet the way he embraces life embodies the spirit of the book’s title.
What’s really grabbing me is anytime Nick writes about dreams: “Have the courage to pursue your own dreams, and never doubt your ability to meet whatever challenges come your way…Dare to give it a go and soar as high as your imagination will take you.”(emphasis added) And yet also be prepared and open-minded enough to accept that God might have a different path for you. Lastly, you must keep trying not only for you but for those around you. Case in point: my daughter asks me if I am going to apply again. I answer yes. She then says, “Good for you, Mom. Don’t give up.” She gets it. And I have one of those parent moments where you just feel blessed.
One of my favorite games on the Atari (well now, I’m dating myself with that reference) was called Pitfall. Our hero–Pitfall Harry– had to navigate through the jungle and avoid the pits, quicksand, rolling logs, fire, rattlesnakes, scorpions, and crocodiles that attempted to derail his journey. I think that’s where we all get messed up-we are so fixated on what we WANT that when we don’t achieve our lofty goals, we fall into pits of frustration, disappointment or just plain anger. Becoming jaded or giving up because something didn’t play out like we planned are 2 such pitfalls. So instead, I will stay optimistic and keep trying, even as I become more like the fairy godmother in age. There’s another word for this: stubborn! But I prefer determined 🙂
Have you wanted something really badly and pursued it despite the odds? And to quote Dr. Phil, how’d that work out for you?