I was a gangling seventh-grade bookworm when I read my favourite book for the first time. The Neverending Story, by Michael Ende, is a fantasy about the journey of a lonely boy named Bastian and his friend, Atreyu.
(It’s also possible that I liked the story so much initially because my seventh-grade self had a crush on the actor who played Atreyu in the 1984 film version of the book. But that’s beside the point.)
I’m still a gangling bookworm, but now pushing forty. Every few years, I re-read this story, not only to experience the boys’ adventures again but to learn something new. Though it’s intended for children, it also holds profound observations about human nature – our highest hopes and ambitions, our deepest insecurities and longings.
A key symbol in the story is a powerful amulet entrusted first to Atreyu and then to Bastian. It’s in the shape of two intertwined serpents, each biting the tail of the other. On the reverse of this medallion are the instructions, “Do What You Wish.”
Whaaat? Unlimited wishes? Jackpot! But. But. What does that command mean? What are the costs? In the book, Bastian’s wishes are key to allowing him to finally journey home, but his trials prove that he must learn how to choose his wishes with purpose if he’s to find out what he truly wants.
I chose “Do What You Wish” as the name for my space here on the web because it’s a place for me to share parts of my own creative journey. I like to dabble in photography and in writing. I’d like to get past the point of dabbling and actually refine my craft(s). That’ll require not only wishing, but doing. Not only trying, but failing and trying again. That’ll require the courage to share my work as I learn. And, (*gasp*) connecting with other like-minded people.
The indecisive, introverted perfectionist in me is curled up in the corner, whimpering.
So, I’ve set up this space for my own creative wish-making. With some courage and some luck (even Bastian and Atreyu had a luckdragon as a companion), my wishes will lead me home, too.
Thanks for visiting.