Last Wednesday it was one of those typical British school summer holiday days when it’s raining and gloomy and there’s nothing to do. My mum and I decided to take the three children to the cinema to see Cars 3 to keep them entertained and us out of the rain.
I actually really enjoyed the film. I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for Lightening McQueen (although I didn’t like the second film), and I loved how the story progressed with him coming to terms with his racing career nearing its end.
The main message from the film is to never give up on doing something you love and don’t live your life on someone else’s terms. This was a really important message for me at this point in my life and, coming out of the cinema I felt like I’d really taken something from the film.
It got me thinking of other times Disney films have given me important lessons in life.
The Little Mermaid – Follow Your Dreams
Again, a film which encourages you to not give up on your dreams, no matter what. Despite the fact that her family and friends don’t understand her need to be part of the world above the sea, Ariel is determined to get there no matter what. Although her sacrifice is fairly drastic (although nowhere near as bad as in the original story this film is based on), as a young impressionable child, this film’s storyline stayed with me and as an adult, still makes me determined to do what I dream of.
Beauty & The Beast – Beauty is Only Skin Deep
Another film from my childhood. Having been recently remade with the lovely Emma Watson as Belle, this film is a firm favourite for me and my kids. The moral of the story, that beauty is skin deep and not to judge a book by its cover is one I really try and live by. It can be so easy to become shallow in this world, and I think it’s important to remember this and be kind, always.
Frozen – Sisters are Doing it for Themselves
When I watched Frozen for the first time, I instantly fell in love. One of the main reasons behind this was the relationship between the two sisters. At the time I was just getting to know my own sister better after not having been close throughout childhood (there’s a seven year age gap and we grew up in separate households). It really resonated with me and helped strengthen our bond, just like Anna and Elsa’s.
The Lion King – Learn from Your Past
That iconic scene from The Lion King sticks with all those who watch it. As a child, it frightened and upset me, but when I watch again as an adult, the underlying moral that you should learn from your past and grow from it, is something I try and use myself. My first tattoo I had done reads live without regrets, and I try and stick to this. Everything happens for a reason and you can either get caught up in past mistakes or move on from them and become a bigger and better person from it.
Finding Nemo – Just Keep Swimming
One of my ex colleagues at work, now a close friend, used to always say this to me when we were working on the pre-opening of a hotel. Things were so, so stressful and we were at breaking point often. This phrase, taken from Finding Nemo, stuck with me, and although I finally did end up leaving the job, it’s been something I have tried to apply again when life gets on top of me.
Have you taken any life lessons away from childhood films?