Travel! Dr. Seuss Style. {Video}

Via on Mar 11, 2014

Tammy T. Stone

“It’s opener there
in the wide open air.”

~ Dr. Seuss

When has Dr. Seuss not said it best?

Dr. Seuss is my hero. The way he plays with words, and invites children into a world designed for total well-being, happiness and limitless imagination is a constant inspiration.

Reading Dr. Seuss as an adult is, if anything, way more fun. Unless we have kids of our own, it’s probably not very often we sit down to learn wisdom from picture books.

But look at the revelations below (in his, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!).

Look how masterfully he tells us that life’s a long and twisty journey, that we aren’t always wise to go by what our brains know, that we might fall along the way, or enter into a slump or two (landing in the deliciously-named “The Waiting Room”) and how fear can morph into fierce determination as you embrace life.

There’s a great video of the story below (narrated by John Lithgow). I also include the first part of the story for your reading pleasure. For the full text, visit here:

So, get comfortable, find your inner child, and just enjoy!

Oh, the places you’ll go!

Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own.  And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

You’ll look up and down streets.  Look ‘em over with care.
About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.”
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.

And you may not find any
you’ll want to go down.
In that case, of course,
you’ll head straight out of town.

It’s opener there
in the wide open air.

Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.

And when things start to happen,
don’t worry.  Don’t stew.
Just go right along.
You’ll start happening too.

OH!
THE PLACES YOU’LL GO!

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And for good measure, here’s a peek at the story of Dr. Seuss’s most famous food group: they may be eggs and ham, but they’re green!

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“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”

~ Dr. Seuss

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About Tammy T. Stone

Tammy T. Stone is a Canadian writer, photographer and chronicler of life as it passes through us. After spending a few years traveling through Southeast Asia and India, she has found a new home in Japan, a place she has long imagined and dreamed about. Always a wanderer, she's endlessly mesmerized by the the people, places and things of the world, which is somehow so vast and so small. She's lucky to have been able to work, learn, live and travel far and wide, writing and photographing; and wellness-practicing along the way. She invites you to see some of her recent photography here and to connect with her on her writer's page and her blog, here.

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