La la land…

Let Day 2 commence! Be it the shining sun or a good nights sleep, a fresh perspective can really change a girl’s psyche. Just 24 hours prior, I was having the worlds largest pity party and today, well today is what I came for! Magic, amazement and pure joy.

Galaxies Edge…ie: the land of Star Wars, is legit a thing! I don’t care if you’ve never seen a movie, which I can’t comprehend if you were born after 1977, you must experience this place once in your lifetime. It was more magical than Disney, sorry Walt, and more thrilling than Space Mountain. I watched my husband geek out like a gaming teenager and my son build his own light saber. My girls threw their “force” and defeated Darth Vader. It was out of this world, pun intended, and worth every penny!

We eventually peeled ourselves away to see Woody and his pals in Toy Story Land, watched Beauty and the Beast live and sang alongside Anna and Elsa, pure magic. Hollywood Studios mended my Magic Kingdom heart.

I don’t know about you, but it’s not always easy for me to bounce back from an emotional experience, and for the sake of all ‘first world’ problems, Magic Kingdom was an emotional experience. I had decided what that day should look like and when it didn’t, I was crushed. But Hollywood Studios, well I had no expectations. I didn’t know what to expect, therefore I walked in open minded, slightly reluctant and still wounded. But the greatest thing happened, I just experienced it! Yes the change in weather most definitely helped but I would also like to think it was the shift in my perspective. I was no longer placing unrealistic expectations on the day, I was just experiencing a fantasy land be brought to life! How often do we kill an experience before we ever get to it?! Our wedding day? Every New Year’s Eve… ever?!! The birth of a child? Their first day of school? I can think back on every one of those experiences and remember being disappointed, thinking “I thought it would go more like….(insert our expectations)”. Sisters, I’m as guilty as the next! But what if we stopped expecting and just started experiencing? What if we stopped trying and started just being. Being who we are, in that moment. Be it sad, happy, anxious or at peace. Owning our emotions, working through them and giving ourselves the grace of being a human?! Yes, I’m beyond grateful to have had the magical experience I hoped for but I truly believe, had I held my thoughts captive the day before, worked through my emotions and let the day unfold as it may, I would have seen more of the magic and less of the disappointment.

What can we let go of today? Where can we open our hands and stop white knuckling? How can we let the cards fall where they may and… hear this… be ok with it?

I’m still learning how to do this thing called life and I have hope there is still way more of the good stuff, than bad.

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5


Melanie Ortiz

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