Ironically enough, I've asked myself this question before. If you've read the book, which I grew up loving, you know one of the questions Winnie must ask herself is if she wants to drink from the spring and live forever like the Tucks. It's a beautiful take on immortality, and apparently you can be immortal without having to turn into a vampire!
Seriously though, I don't think I would personally drink from the spring. Living forever has its ups like being able to truly have all the time in the world. So many people die so young or far too soon, never really getting to check off every item on their bucket list. Drinking from the spring would solve this. I could travel the world (and take my time without feeling like I'd have to rush), eat every pastry I've always wanted to, and see how technology evolves. I love architecture and would love to see how houses and buildings look two hundred years from now. WHAT THE HECK WILL THE IPHONE 200s LOOK LIKE?!
But being immortal also comes with its downs. Clearly not everyone can drink from the spring. If I were 10 years old like Winnie, I'd have to eventually leave my family and live with the Tucks forever. Or I'd have to explain why I'm not growing up? Runaway and live by myself? Yikes! Being 10, she will never get to go to college, possibly meet someone new, get married, have children, or live the life she was meant to live. I think you get this eternal pause button, and you end up being stuck.
I love the idea of growing old with my husband. What will we look like when we're 50? 60? 70? I want to have children and watch them have children, see them get married, and do all of those motherly-grandmotherly things with them. I wouldn't want to have them leave me, die before me, and be stuck in a world without my loves and my friends. Am I suppose to just start over again? Live with the pain forever?
No thanks. I mean, one of my cats is already 12, and I'm dreading the day he leaves me (Don't you die, cat! Drink from the spring!). All in all, the idea definitely entices me, however, I just don't think I could live forever, always on the run or hiding, and never truly live. Part of the beauty in experiencing things for the first time is knowing how special that moment is, especially knowing there's an expiration date. I know, it's kind of morbid, but it's true.
Now, let me ask you guys that question. What if you could live forever? Let me know in the comments or by tweeting and using the hashtag #Tuck40th
Be sure to check out the 40th Anniversary edition and snag a copy for yourself. It's BEAUTIFUL, includes a foreward from Wicked author Gregory Maguire, and a classic you'll want to share with others.