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What I learned from Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Hands down, the 1951 version of Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite movies. Ever. I watch it when I am happy, I watch it when I am sad. Oddly enough, I also watch it when I feel lost, disconnected, or just looking to feel grounded again.

Disney’s version of the Lewis Carroll classic has taught me so much about life and myself. Who knew you could learn so much from a story about a daydreaming girl? Alice and her whimsical adventures have taught me four lessons that I somehow manage to apply to the craziness of being a twenty-something. May Alice’s shenanigans lend you some wisdom as well.

There is magic in your dreams.

Alice experienced possibly the coolest daydream in history. Alice in Wonderland taught me that a dream and a little curiosity can go a long way; just look at all of the characters that she encountered and places she went. As a twenty-something, I think a lot of us are curious about life and ourselves. We have dreams and aspirations. Do not be afraid to explore them. Now is the time to do so. We are young and energetic. Let the magic of your dreams take you for a ride. You never know what you may discover about yourself or where you might end up.

Sometimes you will feel lost.

Remember the scene when Alice is in Tulgey Wood? She was chasing the white rabbit and decided to give up because she was making no headway in catching him. She sang about giving herself “very good advice” but hardly ever following it. There will come a time in your twenties when you may feel uncertain, confused, or lost. Most of the time I would like to think that we know what to do. Intuition is strong and usually right. Do not be afraid to trust yourself. When Alice started chose not to give up, she found the white rabbit again.

You are adaptable.

You are clever and resilient. Do not be afraid of what life sends your way or where you will end up. Alice ended up in all sorts of situations. She got stuck in the white rabbit’s house, she got made fun of by a group of flowers, yelled at by a smoking caterpillar, attended an un-birthday party, and played croquet with the Queen of Hearts. Through all of these peculiar situations, Alice found herself adapting, singing “A Golden Afternoon,” swinging flamingos with the queen, and sipping tea with the March Hare. Remember to be flexible in life.

Life is a little nonsensical sometimes.

It does not always make sense. Life can be exciting, frustrating, stressful and silly. Do not take yourself or life so seriously all of the time. Lighten up, explore the world, be brave, be yourself and live your life to the fullest in your own Wonderland.

Although Alice is one of the youngest Disney heroines, her journey down the rabbit hole revealed lessons that even us twenty-somethings can learn from.

About the Author

Geralyn Dexter

Geralyn holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida and a MS in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. She is currently working on a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology. She enjoys reading, yoga and art. Within the next three years, she hopes to complete her doctorate and transition from practicing therapy in a community setting to having her own private practice.


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