Space Shuttle Atlantis. The moment the screen opened up and this was in front of me, I actually let out
a huge “wow”! My eyes were as big as saucers. I was in awe!
So friends, I have spent the last two days in wonderment. My husband and I are here in Florida visiting our friends, and we all decided spontaneously to visit the Kennedy Space Center on Saturday and Epcot at Disney World yesterday. These where not previously scheduled on our itinerary. In fact, we had no itinerary at all when we flew here on Friday, other than spending quality time with our best friends, but we all thought, why not? (life passes by so quickly….if you want to, then DO!)…..anyway, the last two days have been full of laughter, education, friendship and wonder! However, I realized as I was catching myself reacting to things like a child normally would, I couldn’t remember how long it had been since I had felt such an innocent sense of wonderment. It had been a long time. It made me take a pause and ask myself why? I don’t really have an answer to that, other than I stopped looking for it I guess…..
When we are kids, everything is new and amazing. We learn about things with fresh ears, and we do not carry around preconceived ideas of what anything means. We believe what we are being told. We believe we can do anything. And then we grow up….
We learn as we get older that not everything is amazing. Our ears become jaded and our past experiences guide the new ones we come across. We don’t believe everything we are told, and we certainly become keenly aware that we actually cannot do just anything…but why do we lose the sense of wonder? (okay, not lose, but maybe tuck away…)
As I re-learned some things about space (because lets face it, I DID learn some of this stuff in school, but that was a long time ago, and well…I can’t be expected to remember EVERYTHING…)….when we were visiting the Kennedy Space Center, I could feel my jaw drop and my eyes widen. It was fascinating! The excitement of the Apollo days and what it must have felt like for families sitting around their (one) TV in the house waiting to watch a man walk on the moon, or waiting to see successful launch missions, I mean…wow! As I sat in a simulated launch for one of the Apollo missions, I couldn’t wait to see how it would all turn out. Were we really going to launch? Was there going to be a mal-function? Anything seemed possible, even if I was just actually just sitting in a room with 50 other people, watching a film, and having special effects around me shake the windows as we pretended to launch. It was exciting! It got my heart racing! I was in awe of the entire process. Now I want to be an astronaut when I grow up…(okay not really, but that is how it makes you feel!)….definitely a cool way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
The wonderment and fun continued as we spent the day at Epcot yesterday. This is Disney’s version of space and world exploration. Again, anything is possible! As the 4 of us adults (no kids went along for the ride on this trip), we embraced our environment with positive and open minds. Yes, 3 of us had been here before, but we were all looking at the day with new eyes, and ready for anything. We took advantage of all that was laid out in front of us and we PLAYED! We took pictures with the funny cut-out images where you peek your head through, we danced to music we heard as we walked around, we tried new drinks we had never heard of, some of us went up in a virtual jet fighter that flipped in circles, just as you would imagine as a child, what that must feel like. It was such a great day! Again, no time constraints. Not worried about an agenda. Not thinking about what comes next. Just enjoying being in the moment and enjoying the awesomeness of it all! Being a kid for a day. I highly recommend it!
So my friend, now I ask you: When was the last time you felt a genuine sense of wonder? If you can’t remember, go purposely find it asap. It changes you. It replenishes something we all need, yet somehow unknowingly we set aside as we grow up, the sense of possibility. The sense of an open ended life journey where we have any option we choose. There is nothing like that feeling. I hope I stay in this feeling for awhile……..
Make it a great week ahead my friend! I believe in you. Thanks for believing in me too!