Disney movies contain bits of wisdom amid all the magic and colorful songs. Whether you follow a princess on a daring journey or a girl down a rabbit hole, there’s always something good to take away from a Disney film. Now that a new year is upon us let’s draw on some Disney wisdom to help guide us through positively.
Obvious, yes, but poignant. As the beloved Genie played by Robin Williams says, “be yourself.” This year, embrace the parts of you that you don’t usually show to other people. It’s easy to be afraid of rejection among other things, but if you love yourself for who you truly are, so will other people.
Change Your Perspective
Pocahontas tells us:
If you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you’ll learn things you never knew.
It’s important to keep an open mind at all times because you never know another person’s story. This year, keep your thoughts and your heart open to change. Listen to someone’s story, and you might find a whole new perspective.
Go at Your Pace
Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother tells her that “even miracles take a little time.” Don’t get impatient if things don’t immediately work out in your favor or if it takes you more time to get them done. Whether in regards to relationships, personal achievements, or something else entirely, do things your way. Your life is your own and doesn’t feel like you have to do things a certain way or by a certain time.
Do Not Give Up
A simple message, but an important one. Disney’s “Meet the Robinsons” enforces the motto to “keep moving forward,” which is something that should always be embraced. There’s a beautiful scene in “Meet the Robinsons” where they celebrate a character’s failure because it gives him the opportunity to better himself later on. Last year was tough for so many of us, but it’s essential that we pick ourselves up and start again. Don’t give up, even when you fail; keep moving forward.
Learn From Your Mistakes
As Rafiki says to Simba, past mistakes hurt, but you can either run from them or learn from them. Accept that you made errors in the past and stop beating yourself up for it. Instead, focus on what you can learn from it to better yourself in the future.
Disney isn’t just entertainment for children; it’s for anyone willing to learn a lesson and witness some magic along the way. We all have things we can improve, and we all could stand to look at Disney films to help us start fresh.