Love this quote! There are a myriad of reasons, here are two. First, its logic speaks to me, by reminding me of options and being able to be flexible. Next, I find it extremely passionate, almost as though it were a cry to the powers that be, to be granted at least SOME form of expression for the soul. Begging the question, if not to fly or sing, then what?
I believe that as a writer, I can both fly and sing by giving my thoughts wings as well as a voice using poetry as the vehicle. Thoughts swirl in my mind constantly, almost to the point of not being able to fall asleep at night due to constant chatter. As a result, there are notepads and pens nearly everywhere I could possibly be when a thought might occur. Then, when I watch the words appear in front of me, it is as though I am witnessing the miracle of birth for it is at that point I acknowledge that the thoughts have had a life of their own all along, and it has been ME that has been the vehicle. I have been asked to make them fly or sing. If I can do both, then I am honored.
So, J.M. Barrie, what a brilliant vehicle in human form. While I have yet to read Peter Pan all the way through, I remember, vividly, watching the award-winning actress, Mary Martin, breathe life into the character of “the boy who would not grow up” during a televised production of the stage play. The magic of the Scottish novelist and playwright’s ability to give his thoughts and feelings wings and a voice is no more apparent than in this timeless classic.
Decades later, I was watching the film Finding Neverland, starring Johnny Depp and felt the exact same wonder and awe as I had as a child. What I appreciated about this film more than with the television program I had watched, was that this presentation placed the focus on the creative energy of Barrie, which resulted in the creation of Peter Pan. If you’ll pardon the expression, I was hooked! I purchased the DVD and admit to having watched it over 100 times (thus far).
From 1904 to 2016, the influence of J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, has endured. Perhaps this quote will speak to you and if so, I’m sure I will see you flying about and we are sure to meet up “second star to the right and straight on ’till morning.”