I was recently awarded a free popcorn along with my theater ticket indicating either recognition as a valued customer, or perhaps the popcorn machine had run amok. Nevertheless, I enjoyed my free treat. Oddly enough just a few weeks ago I found myself at Chuck E. Cheese with my grandchildren. They played a variety of games and accumulated tickets with each success. At the end of the day, they exchanged their hundreds of tickets for what appeared to me to be a meaningless prize –a box of Nerds candy!! But if you were to ask any of the 7 children with me, each one would have said the box of Nerds was a great prize, well worth the effort. Nerds!! I could have taken them directlly to the candy store, but of course, that wasn’t the point at all. The kids wanted to win the right to choose and choose they did. Nerds!
Those two ticket-related occurences made me think about all the tickets that touch my hands and the joy they bring me. My “Admit One” ticket to the Sarasota Orchestra’s outdoor performance at Ed Smith Stadium endeared me to the romantic side of orchestra music forever. My ticket to a lecture by Ayaan Hirsi Ali who continues to put her life on the line for her beliefs that women should be educated and treated equally, re-energized my faith in the power of women. And my ticket to a roller coaster ride at Disney with Shannon and TJ provided me with the heart stopping thrill of having survived the ride!
More important than the tickets we purchase, I feel as though we are also given a ticket to experience life. Everyone gets her own ticket at birth. Unlike the theater ticket that we purchase and submit upon entry to the performance, the ticket to life is free and we keep using it as it offers us entry into many experiences as we journey through life.
Our ticket to life validates my belief that we are each responsible for our own lives, and we get one chance to live it. We become keenly aware that there are tickets for finding joy and happiness, tickets that feed our curiosity, and tickets for challenges that result in our personal growth. There are tickets for those who believe to see evidences of their faith, and there are tickets for those who care about others to do any number of kind things to make the world a bit kinder. Martin Fisher wrote,
“Life is a ticket to the greatest show on earth.”
I agree with his words, but we must remember that we have to choose to attend the show, fully participate in it, sometimes alone, and sometimes with the help of others. To reach our full potential, we can not just stand by and observe the greatest show on earth, we need to be an active participant in it, helping to create it.
I handed in my tickets to the Orchestra, the lecture, and the roller coaster, fairly sure of what I was getting myself into. But sometimes, when an opportunity presents itself, I am unsure of what to expect, I am apprehensive, perhaps even fearful of the unknown. Women with high SUCCESSTROGEN view life as the greatest show on earth and take full advantage of what it has to offer them. They do not fear the unknown but rather have a “bring it on” mentality. Their diverse backgrounds and myriad of experiences demonstrate that they have fully participated in life, “the greatest show on earth.”
Have you been using your ticket to life lately?