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HOPE, FEAR & ADVENTURE: Where The Wild Things Are

Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak was, and remains one of my favorite stories of all times.


As a young child, the messaging in the story introduced me to "hope", illustrated fear, and encouraged adventure in my soul.

I secretly cheered Max's mischief on and empathized with him when his mother called him a "wild thing" and sent him to bed without dinner.


...and, on that very same night in Max's room, when a forest grew, and grew and grew until his ceiling hung with vines and the walls became the world all around, and an ocean tumbled by with a private boat for Max and he sailed off through night and day... and in and out of weeks and almost over a year to where the wild things are... that's when I first learned the POWER of hope, fear & adventure!


As an adult who re-reads the story to her inner child, I see Max's mischievous behavior as an attempt to expand the boundaries and limitations we often feel as children (and adults).


Something in Max desperately wanted to experience, learn & connect on a level beyond what was available to him.


On the surface, he was bored, but a deeper look into the unconditioned power that lies within us as children (and adults), we see how Max intrinsically uses his imagination and the energy (frustration) he feels to create a new world of experiences and connections that he would learn from.

Max courageously set out on an adventure (hope), he stared deeply into the eyes of the fears (monsters) he faced and tamed them.


Ultimately realizing his power was greater than his fears, Max claimed victory as King over his fears (monsters), and celebrated by ordering "the wild rumpus to start!"



The fact that Max celebrates with the same monsters he once feared, suggests he valued the very challenges he overcame.

So, when we need to be reminded of the POWER of hope, fear & adventure go back to... that very same night in Max's room, when a forest grew, and grew and grew until his ceiling hung with vines and the walls became the world all around, and an ocean tumbled by with a private boat for Max and he sailed off through night and day... and in and out of weeks and almost over a year to where the wild things are...

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