On account of my youth and general ignorance, I’ve just discovered the beautiful life lessons not-so-subtly hidden in the Wizard of Oz. Have you ever thought about this?
First, an excerpt from Dorothy’s famous song:
“Somewhere over the rainbow Bluebirds fly.
Birds fly over the rainbow. Why then, oh why can’t I?”
Lesson 1: Be careful what you wish for.
Fly over the rainbow Dorothy does, but not fluttering on little wings like the bluebirds of her envy. Rather, she is hurled over it by a violent tornado. And a second time floating in a borrowed hot air balloon, leaving her new and dearly loved friends behind.
Lesson 2: Sometimes it’s worth the trip.
Note: lesson 1 was not to stop wishing. Take stock of what it might mean to achieve all you wish for, the things you may sacrifice and the profoundly absurd places you’ll see along the way. Dorothy returns a more grateful, more gracious, wiser young woman than when she left and I doubt she would trade her adventure in Oz for the whole world.
Don’t wish flippantly. Ride at least one tornado. Don’t waste your time learning the same lessons twice.