Where The Wild Things Are

“Inside all of us is a Wild Thing” — Maurice Sendak

It’s Time To Get a Little Wild

You may have noticed that things have gotten a little quite around here. To keep you in the loop, I have been busy with a few writing projects, and have also devoted a huge part of my time to learning Korean. I also want to thank all my awesome readers, I appreciate you being a part of my life.

One of my favorite books growing up was “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak.

The story is about a boy named Max, who on one evening is wildly playing and jumping around his home in a wolf costume. Max causes a raucous and as punishment his mother sends him to bed without supper. In his room, a mysterious, wild forest and sea grows out of his imagination. Max leaves his safe and cozy room and sails away to the land of the “Wild Things”.

Recently they made a movie of this classic beloved story and I enjoyed watching it. Here are the story’s main meaningful messages that we can apply in our lives.

What Can We Learn From Max

1. Be like Max: Don’t let anyone impose their beliefs on you. If you have not experienced it for your self, only accept it hypothetically. This is your life, go find out for yourself.

2. Let your kid be a kid: If you are a parent, make sure you let your kid keep their childlike creativity, encourage it in any way you can. Don’t kill their spontaneity or their innocence by trying to have them grow up so quick.

3. As a kid you have limitless creativity: As a young child society has yet to corrupt you fully, your mind has not been confined to a rigid way of thinking, you see everything as a possibility. You don’t think outside the box, there is no box yet, just pure utter creativity. Our goal as adults should be to become more childlike.

4. Explore: Max loves to explore, never lose your enthusiasm to explore. This one attitude alone is responsible for the lifestyle I lead. I will never stop exploring.

5. This is your life: Just like Max and his crown, you are the king of your life, it is your responsibility to create your joy, your purpose. Love life.

Next time you find your self in a rut, remember that you can always go to “Where The Wild Things Are”. God speed my friend.

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12 Responses to Where The Wild Things Are

  1. I enjoyed this post. It really speaks to my philosophy about life. People want to be envious of what I do and what I’ve experienced… but it is their responsibility to not accept mediocrity and create the life they want to live.

    I bought the book Where the Wild Things are to read when I travel come January.

  2. Nice lessons, Ivan. Indeed let your kid be a kid and let us adults be kids too. We all have that natural spontaneous nature within us. We felt it as kids when we expressed ourselves fully and freely. We bury it deep, but it need not stay there… that is the genius of Sendak… to remind us of our own unlimited nature.


    • your right on the money rob :)…thanks so much for taking the time to read my post. Be well.

  3. @jenny
    you might want to take another book with you, too,when you are travelling. This one’s not extremely text-heavy. 😉

    Thanks for your post, Ivan. I didn’t take the time to think about the mother that much until now.

  4. If we don’t allow anyone to impose there belief on us, we become more self realized and live a life of self actuality rather than conformity. Nice post! Short and sweet.

  5. How ironic that I read this post on the very day that this movie arrived in my mailbox from Netflix. I’ll definitely be remembering this post as I am watching. As a parent I really relate to lesson #2. So often I fall into the trap of wanting my kids to behave a certain way or do certain things without realizing that I should really be letting them explore their own world and surroundings. I’ve seen this in school as well and it disturbs me that the classroom tends to stifle creativity and instead reinforces conformity. Another reason I am looking forward to world travel with my kids. The world is our classroom. Good thoughts Ivan.

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