By Kerri Romeo
“It was so long since she had been anything near the right size, that it felt quite strange at first.”from Alice in Wonderland, Chapter VI
Alice has been through many changes since her last sighting of the White Rabbit, both physically (shrinking from 9 feet to 3 inches and distorting in every possible way from her head crashing beneath her shoulders to slithering above the trees) and emotionally, as everyone she has met has attacked her, questioned her, doubted her and accused her of being someone she is not. One would expect her to be relieved, if not ecstatic to return to her “right size.”
This country has been through a lot the past four years. Whether one has been actively involved in the political Wonderland, an “innocent” bystander or completely disengaged, everyone has been affected. Because that is how politics works — it will affect your life whether you participate or not. There have been collective and for many, personal attacks and accusations. And now here we are. Today. The day so many have been waiting for (not just because it is Wonderland Wednesday). Voters have succeeded in bringing us down to the usual way. A different president with familiar names, cabinet faces, and policies. A return to the “right size” or status quo. Are you relieved? Excited? Or do you feel strange? Will you get used to it and become complacent? Or will you remain curious? Why do we keep Waiting on the World to Change?
“…she came suddenly upon an open place, with a little house in it about four feet high. `Whoever lives there,’ thought Alice, `it’ll never do to come upon them this size: why, I should frighten them out of their wits!’”Alice In Wonderland
Alice isn’t interested in the status quo. She knows she has the choice to stay the same. And yet after all the growing pains that she can finally leave behind, she willingly decides to change her size again to be able to relate to a potential ally in Wonderland. She has gained confidence in her own identity regardless of how large or small she becomes. She is a non-conformist. As her interest and concern for others grows, we meet the empathetic and compassionate Alice who understands you can change your mind with new information and you can engage with others without losing your own values or your value.
Change is inevitable no matter how much we try to stay the same. Why would we even want to?
Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.George Bernard Shaw (from Everybody’s Political What’s What, 1944)
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Kerri spends her days as an office administrator for a ballet barre manufacturer and her free time playing frisbee with her dog in NJ. Often at a loss for words in person, she writes to make sense of the world and connect with others. She wishes for more curiosity & kindness in the world.