“The moment where you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever being able to do it.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
At it’s heart Peter Pan is all about both wanting to grow up, and the fear of growing up or the desire to stay young forever. But to me this quote makes me think about the fearlessness and the abundant self confidence of the young child. Until the world manages to squash that down, children truly, wholly, believe that they can do anything. Once they learn to doubt themselves, to worry about what others think, to worry about whether or not they will succeed, that is the moment they lose the ability to fly.
As a parent I feel it is my job to protect that ability to to fly high, that penchant for believing in the magical and the best of the everyday, to nurture it and to help my children maintain that innocence and limitless confidence for as long as possible.