When you tell someone they have Peter Pan syndrome it is looked at as a negative connotation, but in my opinion it just means you are still young at heart. The story is about a boy who never grows up, but he is more then that. He is a leader, a defender of all that is good, supportive of his friends decisions, and has a sense of humor that can cheer up anyone who is having a bad day. J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan is a classic story and has been one of my favorites since I was a child. The fantasy of a world where you never grow old, where you can have adventures everyday, and the ability to hangout with your friends all the time sounds like a great place to me. It seems that I’m not the only one who has an obsession with it because the story pops up in today’s music.
In 2013, All Time Low released a song called ‘Somewhere in Neverland,’ which explores the concept of two people who have grown up and life has not turned out the way they had hoped. Their lives have become mundane and living in the past. But the song is truly about falling in love with someone that can bring you to another world and where it could be a better reality together. “Wendy run away with me, I know it sounds crazy don’t you see what you do to me? I want to be your lost boy, your last chance, a better reality.” Also in 2013, VanLadyLove released a song called ‘Neverland.’ When you want success to happen you have to be positive, have motivation to an end goal, and be willing to do what ever it takes to succeed. In ‘Neverland’ the lyrics say, “If you want to fly think happy thoughts.” Happy thoughts are what makes you fly to another world of success, where fears and sadness are left on another planet.
In 2008, the Jonas Brothers released a song called ‘Fly With Me,’ which also uses Peter Pan concepts. In the chorus they sing, “We’re chasing stars to lose our shadows, Peter Pan and Wendy turnout fine, So won’t you fly with me?” It’s about taking risks, believing someone is going to catch you if you fall, and knowing that in the end it is all going to be alright as long as you continue to fight everyday to find where you belong.
The list of songs goes on, 5 Seconds of Summer’s ‘Lost Boy’ and Ruth B’s ‘Lost Boy.’ Peter Pan isn’t just a children’s story it is a story about life. We are lost children growing up, hoping that there is something more out there for us, hoping that we are meant to do something amazing, but Peter Pan was the creator of his own destiny. A leader full of happiness and positive thinking that always led him to success from fighting the pirates, to protecting the lost boys, to understanding when it is time for his friends to grow older. Growing older doesn’t mean that you forget. It just means that you need to think differently, and that chasing stars to lose our shadows is what we need to do every day.