Yes. You guessed it right. It is the famous line from the latest blockbuster from Disney – Zootopia. The movie makes a mark from the first act itself. But can anyone be anything? I mean, in the real world. I would also like to think so except that there is one big hurdle. In fact, it’s actually a circle – the Circle of Reference. 

If you have seen the movie then you probably would have guessed that I am referring to the second act where Judy’s parents are trying to dissuade Judy from dreaming of becoming a police officer. For those who haven’t seen the movie – Judy is a baby bunny who dreams of becoming a police officer and her parents are aghast because a bunny has never become a police officer! Judy’s father offers Judy advice as soon as he gets to know that Judy wants to be a police officer.

“Judy, you ever wonder how your mom and me got to be so darn happy? Well, we gave up on our dreams, and we settled”, he says. Well, in real life we seldom get it so direct. However, the advice captures the innuendoes that come our way.

A quick look at the inspiring real life stories through generations reveals that many men and women had a circle of reference that mirrored the one in which Judy grew up. But their resolve was so strong that it overpowered the circle of reference to script a story that inspired generations to come. 

We are all part of a circle of reference; sometimes inside the circle and sometimes times a chain-link of the circle. 

When we are inside, lets expand the circle to include those that inspire us to dream and believe in those dreams. 

And when we are a chain-link of the circle ,then be a chain that binds the hopes of those who rely on us and not a chain that bounds their dreams.

Family and friends can thus truly be wind beneath the wings. That’s when we will create our very own utopia and that my dear friends would be a Sunday well spent.


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