What I’ve noticed is that most works of art that are considered deep and inspirational are about heartbreak and challenging lives. There was a time when this troubled me, because I thought that the precondition of touching people’s hearts is having experienced immense pain and difficulty during one’s life. I feared that the definition of “deep” was “sad.” Things changed, however, when I “met” the incredibly unique Dr. Suess.
He wrote children’s books, which, perhaps, have more to teach to adults than children. His stories are so positive and funny…they change people’s hearts not by their darkness but uplifting nature. His stories have themes such as loyalty, how fun it is to be alive, and how amazing it is that you are the way you are! This does not mean that he avoided revealing to his young readers the obstacles and sad days they will inevitably face in their lives. In fact, he did write about them as well, but wrapped them up in encouraging and motivational words and images. For instance, his poem “Oh! The Places You’ll Go!” is a metaphoric representation of life’s journey, with its ups and downs. Here is a short part of that poem, which also happens to be my favorite…
“You’ll look up and down streets. Look ’em over with care.
About some you will say, ‘I don’t choose to go there.’
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.”
I’m sure you noticed his unique writing style as well. He was an expert at playing with words and even at creating them if he couldn’t find existing words that matched his imagination. For him, words were a game with which he played and life was an adventure, which he described through his amazing works.