Walking around the Efteling is like entering a real-life fairy tale. There are pixies and fairy tale creates everywhere you look. Music plays from red and white polka dotted mushrooms in the forest. Trees are decorated with lanterns. Peacocks walk over the green grass. You see dragons, unicorns, trolls, haunted houses and real princesses. Magic is in the air.
But here is the deal. You don’t need to live in an enchanted forest to create your own fairy tale.
You can be the girl who folds 1000 paper cranes. You can be the one who climbs the fire escape to watch the sunrise on your rooftop, creates upside down tables on the ceiling, has imaginary friends who clean your room and eat your laundry. You can create a Circus of Illusions or Milky Way Takeway restaurant in your living room. You can decide every day again what adventure it is you like to go on.
The only difference between me now and me 5 years ago, is that now-me actually goes out and does all these things. Whereas 5-years-ago-me had big dreams but didn’t act upon them.
Stop limiting your life by the expectations others set for you. Stop holding back out of fear of failure, the unknown and being different. If you are afraid of anything, let it be the fear that you didn’t get the most out of every single day you lived.
Sometimes you need to dream it before it exists.
Sometimes you need to believe it before it is true.
Don’t get lost in the magnitude of your hope and expectations. Dream big, but start small. Know that every great story started out as normal people taking small steps towards a more fulfilling life.
Do something small today. Buy candles to light up your bedroom. Pick fresh flowers. Have a long nice bath with your favorite music. Reread your favourite childhood book. Paint your nails with rainbows or glitters.
Tomorrow, take another tiny step.
A year from now, watch how your life evolved, one tiny step at a time.
Tell me, how do you want your fairy tale to evolve?