Written By: Brandon
How many times has someone said to you “Aren’t you a little too old to still be liking that”? As children, we are raised to believe in mythical figures such as Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy. They are a symbol of our childhood that remind us of a simpler time in our lives when believing in something good and pure was all that matters. As we get older however, this belief is shattered, and we are faced with the hard truth. I believe that we, as a society need to hold on to such beliefs because they make us who they are. Whether that belief or passion is comics, movies, or simply magic; it is imperative to always hold on to it. I will try to explain to you one of my own passions, and the impact it had and how it continues in my life today.
For as long as I can remember, I have always been intrigued and fascinated with the concept of magic. By magic, I am not indicating that I dressed us as a magician and I tried to pull a rabbit out of my hat. Rather, I grew up a huge fan of Walt Disney and the magic he produced. I first visited the renowned theme park when I was four years old, along with my mom, grandparents, and great-grandparents. We stayed in a hotel for a whole week and visited all four of the theme parks (at the time). I can’t even begin to describe the sheer awe and excitement I experienced throughout that trip. I still remember the hotel where we stayed. I ate nothing but chicken fingers and french fries all week, and I cried my eyes like a baby out when I got my picture taken with Jafar, the bad guy from Aladdin. In fact, my mother had to come up on stage and take me down because I was crying so much. I still remember the trip to this day, and it continues to be one of the most influential and loving memories in my life.
Now as I have grown up, my love and interest in all things Disney began to expand. I made it a hobby of mine to emerge myself in all trivial knowledge of Disney. Soon after I was able to quote an entire Disney film or song (my friends say I’m a “Disney savant”). I have visited Disney World almost 20 times throughout my life, and no matter how old I get, I still look at that place with the eyes of a child. Some of you will think that’s odd for a 23 year old man to still find happiness and excitement with a concept that is more suited for children. While I can see the logic in that statement, I do not feel there is anything wrong with holding on to a little “magic” in our lives. No matter how old we get, I think it is important to continue to support and believe in those memories that we truly love and enjoy. After all, what’s wrong with the idea of still behaving like a kid? Is there really anything wrong with holding on to something we love and cherish as much as a child does? With that being said, I like to end my first attempt at blogging with a quote from Walter Disney, founder and creator of my own passion:
“That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up”