Everyone has seen the movie and can certainly recite a line or two. For a film that was released in 1939, The Wizard of Oz sure has some staying power.
Recently I have been reacquainted with the classic thanks to my wife, Christina. She was selected to play the role of Dorothy in a local production of the musical a few months back. Ever since she received word that she’d be playing Dorothy, our home has been filled with her beautiful version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow and many of the back and forth exchanges between her and the other characters. All of her dedication and practice culminated in a much-anticipated opening night this past weekend. She was amazing and her cast members were incredible in their own right.
As I watched from my seat, a particular exchange between Dorothy and the Scarecrow grabbed my attention.
Scarecrow: Do you think if I went with you this Wizard would give me some brains?
Dorothy: I couldn’t say. But even if he didn’t, you’d be no worse off than you are now.
This line is incredibly applicable to a vast majority of people who are feeling stuck in a monotonous life. They want to reach for more, but don’t think they should. They want to shoot for the stars, but the factor of the unknown is far too much of a risk. No matter how negative a situation, often times people would rather stay with what they know instead of making a change or pushing for something better.
To that I say, you’d be no worse off than you are now. What do you have to lose? A relationship that is broken? A friend that doesn’t treat you right? A job that you hate? Just because something is familiar to you doesn’t mean it is yours for life. You have the choice to create change for yourself. Nobody is going to hand you the life you want. You have to earn it.
Like the Scarecrow, you need to find what it is you want and find a way to get it. It might take you off of your previous path, it may take you into uncharted waters, but all of that uncertainty would be worth it if you realized that you’d be no worse off than you are now.
You have much more to gain than you have to lose. The rewards far outweigh the risk of spending more time idling at your current state of life. Take the chance, take the risk and change your life.
Until next time,