Peter Pan is the boy who never wanted to grow up. He preferred to live in a world full of adventures and magic. And although society didn’t approve of that, he let his imaginary world become his reality and enjoyed every second of it.
Many people are like that. They create a fantasy and they spend their whole life in it. If they don’t let other people’s opinion and expectations interfere, it’s a happy life. But if they do, it becomes a constant struggle to make the best of both worlds – what they truly want, and what and who they are supposed to do and be.
I believe we can learn from anything and anyone. And Peter Pan can be a wise teacher if we open ourselves to the meaning of his story.
Here are some things we can learn from him that will make our struggle more bearable, and will let us find the magic in everyday life and enjoy it more:
7 Inspiring Peter Pan Quotes
1. “To die would be an awfully big adventure.”
Strong words. Not many people would dare to say that.
And that’s the problem. We fear death so much that we don’t even talk about it. We prefer to live life in denial, avoiding the fact that it has an end. And that itself never lets us truly experience it.
But Peter Pan knows life is an adventure, and the only way to make the most of it is to accept its end – death – as just another big adventure.
If we all live like that and always kept death in mind, we will spend our time on this planet more meaningfully, passionately and adventurously.
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2. “All you need is faith, trust and a little bit of pixie dust.”
We tend to take life too seriously sometimes, and to forget that magic does exist within each of us. To refind it, we need to believe.
Alice believed in at least a few impossible things before breakfast. So why can’t you?
Just because you haven’t succeeded in something yet, doesn’t mean it’s impossible. It just means you haven’t found the right way. Keep trying.
There are things in life that are not under our control and which we can’t change. That’s when faith comes in handy. We need to trust the natural flow of events and let it be. Then we can enjoy our days.
3. “It is not in doing what you like, but in liking what you do that is the secret of happiness.”
The secret recipe for happiness is this – whatever you’re doing right now, be present, enjoy it and appreciate it.
If you constantly think about what better things you could be doing right now, or go back to past situations and compare them to this moment, or want to do what others are doing, you won’t be content. In fact, you’ll be miserable.
So like what you do and it will become a reason to smile.
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4. “So come with me where dreams are born and time is never planned.”
No one can take your dreams away from you. But they will try. Peter Pan knows that and protects his ones by believing in them no matter what.
He’s ruthless with his time and his magic world, he doesn’t let any intruders in. As once people get in, they tend to try to change things and make them the way they think they should be.
So it is in real life. Others are constantly trying to talk you out of your big goals, to get in your head and make you believe their vision of the world. But you need to cherish your sacred dreams and way of thinking.
Stay true to what you believe in and keep your priorities straight.
5. “Just think of happy things and your heart will fly on wings forever in never never land.”
Peter Pan told Wendy that she needs happy thoughts in order to be able to fly.
That’s all it takes. Be positive, look on the bright side, know that whatever life throws at you – it’s the best. And you’ll find happiness and joy in the darkest of places.
6. “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.”
If you don’t believe you can do it, you’ll fail. If you don’t trust that the best will happen to you and expect it, bad things may come your way. If you doubt that you’ll find happiness, you won’t.
To do something, no matter what, you need to have a definite desire first. That’s a powerful technique for success in every area of life and even Napoleon Hill talked about it back when he wrote Think and Grow Rich.
It’s a law of the universe, and you need to follow it to make the most out of life.
Be sure of your success, visualize what you want in details, imagine it’s already happening. Soon, you’ll notice beautiful changes happening.
7. “No matter how hard we try to be mature, we will always be a kid when we all get hurt and cry.”
We often forget that we’re equal in another thing – suffering.
We all feel bad sometimes, and for similar reasons, which makes us equal.
So don’t try to grow up too quickly, or at all. Keep that spark within and don’t let go of your wildest dreams.
Which of these Peter Pan quotes do you find most inspiring? Why? What else have your learned from him?
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