Have y’all seen the Alice in Wonderland movie made by Tim Burton? I am not sure it did well in the theaters but it has definitely become one of my favorite children’s movies that have come out recently. In this movie, Alice has grown up and does not remember having been to Wonderland before. Due to some circumstances with the Queen of Hearts, the white rabbit appears and leads Alice back down the rabbit hole. As soon as she gets to Wonderland, all the characters start to say that they don’t think she is the “right” Alice. I suppose this is because she doesn’t remember being there before along with the fact that she has grown up and she is different. The Mad Hatter tells her, ” You used to be much more…”muchier.” You’ve lost your muchness.”
This resonated with me because I feel like as we get older, many of us do tend to lose some of our “muchness.” I guess by muchness, I mean audacity. We learn more about the repercussions for our actions, and as a result we are more careful about things we do and say. Which I think is a good thing most of the time. We also have so many responsibilities that sometimes it is too exhausting and we end up not having “much” left to give. But I would like to vow to spend more time increasing my “muchness.” Maybe that means taking more chances and being braver. To be honest I am not sure what it means. But I intend to figure it out.
Now let me be clear that I would never want to become TOO much. I would never want to be the type of person that is so “much” that they seem to take up all the space in a room. That would be much too much. And so I am making a promise to myself that I will spend some time being thoughtful and sorting out my muchness.
By the time the movie is over, Alice demonstrates that she has plenty of “muchness” left to go around. It really is worth seeing if you haven’t yet.
What do y’all think? Are you feeling pretty good about your muchness?
Hope y’all have a lovely Monday.