Leap, and learn to fly!

So my youngest and I just saw LEAP, the new animated movie out this weekend.  It’s a feel good movie, with a happy ending of course.  Going to movies is one of the things I like to do to renew myself and stay happy and positive.  This movie does it, and a happy ending is always a welcome memory in my book.

My daughter and I talked about happy endings in the car on the way home.  She talked about wanting plot twists and a sad ending sometimes (she is currently studying story writing in school).  I understand her point, that life is not always happy, but as an adult, it’s not hard to find bad news and bad situations.  It’s harder to find happy things in the news.  I don’t see many sad ending stories, but I have in the past.  For now, I would rather get my happy ending.

One of the best lines for me was “If you don’t leap, you will never learn to fly” ( that may not be verbatim, but it’s pretty close).  I think taking risks is important, and from risk, comes good and bad things.  I have taken many risks in my life time, some worked out and others were terrible.  Moving to Washington was one of my better risks, and worked out well for me.  Getting married, having kids, moving, and changing jobs are always risks, but we hope that it will lead to good changes.

The risks that I have taken are too numerous to count, and the ones that didn’t work out are many, but I wouldn’t change it.  I learned from the risks that didn’t work, more than I learned from the ones that did, so they were still useful.  It lead to other things and also to the person that I am becoming.

The movie, today, follows a girl, who had a dream to dance.  She took many risks to make her dream come true, and I would challenge you to do the same.  I told my daughter today to dream, and never stop.  Some dreams are big, and some are small.  Some dreams can come true in a short time, others take longer and others may never come true.  I dream about winning the lottery, and by a ticket every week.  I may never win, but I always have a little hope in my purse.

Somehow, having hope and dreams make the tough days a little better.  As I have said before, we can’t always be happy but we can stay as happy as we can be.  Dream about going camping, spending the day at the beach, spending time with family, or whatever you dream about.  Take the risk to work toward your dream, even if it takes time and effort.  Don’t give up and be willing to work hard!  It’s worth it if you can make your dream a reality.

The girl in the movie fought hard to make her dream come true.  I have so many dreams, and some I know I can realize, while others (like winning the lottery) may not, but I can’t give them up.  They help me be happy, and just like the girl in the movie, I’m willing to work for it.  Are you?