While a lot of us associate Alice with fond childhood memories, in reality the joy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has never really faded. Lewis Carroll’s 185th birthday inspired us to reopen our favourite childhood book and reread the pearls of wisdom; there’s no end to the life lessons you can derive from Alice!

Don’t Dwell On the Past

“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”

alice in wonderland dwelling

It’s good that you reflect on your changes as a person, but thinking too much about your changes and your past can lead to a lack of focus about your future. What’s done is done; embrace your new self and move on!

Believe in the Impossible

“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

alice in wonderland

‘That’s impossible!’: a phrase everyone likes to apply to a variety of situations on a daily basis, whether it’s to refer to the prospect of getting up early or to a particularly ambitious project. While it’s important to keep yourself grounded at times, don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Something might look impossible to achieve, but a little motivation and determination can go a long way.

Think Before You Speak 

“I don’t think…” “Then you shouldn’t talk”, said the Hatter.

Alice in wonderland

This should really be a mandatory tattoo for the whole world population; if everyone adopted this advice, life would be so much easier. Next time you’re going to blurt out something, stop and think. Are you sure of what you’re about to say? Will your words lead to any negative repercussions? Are you going to contribute anything new?

Anger Does Not Get You Anywhere

 “Keep your temper, said the Caterpillar.”

Alice in Wonderland

We all know how difficult it is to keep your temper, especially when constantly faced with ignorance and close-mindedness. However, before you throw a book at someone’s head, or indulge in a long stream of swear words, remember the Caterpillar’s wise words in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Breathe in and out. A cool head can get you far by allowing you to think rationally.

Go With the Flow

“- Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?
– That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.
-I don’t much care where –
– Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”

cheshire cat alice in wonderland

Being aimless is not always a good thing, but don’t fret if you don’t always know where you’re going. Instead of wasting unnecessary energy overanalysing your prospects and choices, go with the flow. Ultimately, you will learn something new from every experience and what looks like an unwise step now can be life-changing later.

© 2017 – VIDA Magazine –Amy Webb