“Be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to Great Places”
That’s right, you my friends are off to great places! My friend Dr. Seuss says so. He is a mastermind, his books, his rhyming, his non-sense words and his themes… master pieces. He has taught us that even if we don’t have a star on our belly, we can still be whoever we want to be. People will try and pay gobs of money and material items to fit in, but in the end, we all just need to be ourselves and love who we are.
He taught is that that a “Zamp under a lamp” isn’t such a bad thing. What about the “Woset in the closet”, have you ever seen him? Dr. Seuss taught us that sometimes how we see things might be different than how others see things, but its okay, we can still be one of a kind.
He taught us that even though a Lorax isn’t a real thing, we can still stand up for something we believe in, no matter how many odds are against us. He taught us that we can fit in if we try, but why try? “Today you are you, that is truer than true, there is no one in this world that is youer than you.”
Did you know we have “Brains in our heads, and feet in our shoes, and we can steer ourselves in any direction we choose”… yup, Dr. Seuss taught us that. Or how about one of my personal favorites, “Be who you are, and say how you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
Would green eggs and ham even be a thing without Dr. Seuss? I mean talk about peer pressure to try something new, right? Or is that about stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new? Maybe in a train, or on a plane?
All of those things, all of his books can be interpreted in many ways, and I think that is what he wanted. A good author leaves the reader to determine the meaning of a piece of literature and Dr. Seuss did that.
I think people can learn a lot by reading his books. Not only are they fun to read as a child, but the lessons that they can teach to even adults. He had the power to motivate the reader to take on the day like no one ever has before.
I leave you with this…
“You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and 3 / 4 percent guaranteed.) KID, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS! So… be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way!”