Last month I revisited the movie, “The Wizard of Oz.” I wanted to fully analyze the film and build a story to bridge my belief that we all walk the same journey, just in different ways. Here’s what I came up with. We all are walking the yellow brick road. Some of us are just beginning, continuing or haven’t begun the journey yet. See in the movie, Dorothy was really walking that brick road ALONE. She was internally developing her brain (logic/maturity), her heart (love/compassion), and her courage (fearlessness to be authentic). What seemed to be the end of the movie (Emerald City), was really the beginning. The beginning of an awakened and an aware Dorothy. If you didn’t get that, here’s another way to look at it. Think of a fictional superhero, any one. I’ll choose Superman. Clark Kent was unusual, rejected, and made some mistakes, yet as said in the movie, he is the answer to what society needs. Will Smith said, “At the end of destruction is where greatness live.” You all are addicted to superhero movies because YOU ARE IN YOUR OWN MOVIE RIGHT NOW. You are going through the “Hero’s Journey,” be aware of it. You, your authenticity, is the answer to what society needs, you!
You feel and embody the same emotions as Clark Kent, Bruce Wayne and the rest of them, because just like their life we are too, to become and develop the hero within ourselves. Once we have developed each (courage, love, and maturity), we can begin life in total fulfillment. However I need you to understand that, beginning this journey comes in a form of a mistake and/or tragedy. It’s when life nudges us to begin, yet most people ignore it. Most people aren’t willing to let go of the past or accept the current event that took place. When you ignore it, you’ll be on a never-ending cycle of useless tragedy and meaningless mistakes, without any clue of who, what, or why.
I read a quote by Ariana Huffington and all I could think about the classic mistake that I’ve been WANTING to tell you all for a while now. The quote said,
“We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.”
I would go ahead and tell you my classic and nothing short of ROYAL (I like the way she put that) mistake, but I plan to reveal that mistake in front of a million listeners–bridging that mistake to show, that although your life may seem to be over because of it, see how my own destruction lead to a plethora of different ways of achieved success. There were numerous times where I was afraid to share my experience because I believed people will look at me differently, I’ll lose deserved respect, or it will invalidate my whole existence. I did however muster up the courage to share once. It was during my last year of undergrad in my public speaking class. Even though I found the courage to make the decision to share, I didn’t have the courage to tell it. So I timidly got up in front of my whole class filled with students 3 years younger than me and discussed a shameful story in a shameful way. The reaction was shameful as well, I was embarrassed! It was a moment in my life where I hated sharing anything about myself, and for that moment on, I decided I was going to put that story to rest, and keep myself guarded by electric fences. I wasn’t aware that 2 years ago, some force up above pressed the restart button and gave me a second chance at life. So, the person standing in front of that class was anew, yet I was operating as the my old self, which clearly did not go well. See, I was beginning my journey on the yellow brick road, and the first corner I had to bend was COURAGE.
Listening to best-selling author and speaker Brene Brown on Oprah Winfrey’s network OWN, I found the gifts in my imperfection and/or mistake from her book, “The Gifts of Imperfection.”
Slowly I began finding the power in my mistakes, vulnerability, and confidently baring my soul. I came to the conclusion that we weren’t born to hide behind our mistake, nor be labeled by them. We’re here to acknowledge and share them, so someone behind us doesn’t fall into the same hole you fell into on the way up. In many ways, it’s the reason why I believe we are all walking the same yellow brick road. So what or where is Emerald City? Emerald City is your authenticity and your dreams. There you will find everything, yet you have to begin your own hero’s journey. How do you begin? Keep reading.
“Hope when you take that jump, You don’t fear the fall Hope when the water rises, You build a wall Hope when the crowd screams out, They’re screaming your name
Hope if everybody runs, You choose to stay
Hope that you fall in love, And it hurts so bad
The only way you can know, Is give it all you have
And I hope that you don’t suffer, But take the pain
Hope when the moment comes, You’ll say…
I, I did it all
I, I did it all
I owned every second
That this world could give
I saw so many places
The things that I did
Yeah, with every broken bone
I swear I lived”-I lived by One Republic
Without each mistake your life is meaningless. They bring definition, curiosity, amazing, limitless, unique, phenomenal wonders to your story. It’s what makes you different and what keeps you striving to be better and want more. So embrace them, make them, learn from them, and share them!
I SWEAR I’M LIVING! 🙂