I had the good fortune recently to stumble across a new rendition of an old favorite: Dr. Seuss’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
The Burning Man team produced this modern telling in breathtaking fashion. The setting is magical. The personas are fascinating. The production quality is remarkable.
But the most captivating piece of the entire video remains Seuss’ original message, which, in my analysis, is a timeless testament to the power, vitality and necessity of individual curiosity.
Every sentence and syllable is stunning. These are most striking to me:
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
And when things start to happen,
don’t worry. Don’t stew.
Just go right along.
You’ll start happening too.
You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked.
A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?
You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!
Like many, my experience with this whimsical story starts in my early childhood. But it wasn’t until later that it made its deepest impact, when my mother gave me a special, limited edition copy of the story as a college graduation present.
My mom wrote a touching message of her own on the inside. It’s highly emotional and personal, so I won’t share it all. But I do wish to convey a single thought:
This chapter of your life is closing, but the next is just beginning. Continue to create happy memories as you journey through life.
And with that, I leave you with my own little bit of Seussness…
Oh, the places we’ll go. So let’s pick up our feet
and let our curiosity lead us far down the street.
We may fishtail this way and that.
We may have the occasional splat.
But with our itchy, curious nose,
our creative futures forever glows.
Oh, the places we’ll go!