About a week ago I watched the movie, Zootopia with my five year-old.
It’s a good one for everyone to watch – especially now – especially before voting for our next President.
The animated film centers on a bunny named Judy, who is defined by her parents, from the very beginning, as a try-er.
She wants to try everything. Be good at everything. Until she begins to fail. Her failures reveal her greatest challenges and biases, and her paths reveal themselves:
Hop down the straight and narrow. Pretend you don’t see the twists, turns, bumps, and boulders – until you actually don’t.
Or, try the other. The one that’s wider, curvier, sometimes darker, and inevitably always clearer (and lovelier) and brighter – for longer.
It’s a Disney film, so you can guess how this one goes. 🙂
It reminds me though, that the most wonderful thing about being a try-er – is that we can always go back to being try-ers. Even when we haven’t tried in awhile. We can try again today.
To borrow from Zootopia’s soundtrack: “I won’t give up – no I won’t give in – until I reach the end – then I’ll start again – I want to try everything – I want to try, even though I could fail.”