Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Disney songs and they’ve gotten me thinking about stepping out of the only world you know. The one you grow up in. Like Ariel in the sea, or Moana on an island.
Bet they don’t reprimand their daughters
Bright young women sick of swimming
Ready to stand
I wish I could be the perfect daughter
But I come back to the water, no matter how hard I try
Every turn I take, every trail I track
Every path I make, every road leads back
To the place I know, where I can not go, where I long to be
A theme I’ve noticed with these Disney stories is the idea of trying to honor your family, traditions, and everything else despite your heart telling you there’s more to life than what’s around you. This is a very common theme throughout many Disney stories (Mulan, Pocahontas, Aladdin, Tangled, etc). I think it’s a great message, to follow your heart. But our roots will always be where we find our support from. It’s hard to go out there by yourself without your family there to support you. People do it all the time, but it isn’t easy. I’ve been blessed to have a supportive family, no matter the choices I’ve made in life. Now that I’m older, I find myself on my own for the most part.
While this is freeing, it is also a little scary to be on my own. Sometimes I wish my dad would call me up and check in on me, make sure I’m okay. But I know that I am okay, and my dad is okay too. And because of his awesomeness, I’ve turned into the person I am today.
Take a moment and step out of your comfort zone. Reach for the stars. The sky’s the limit. Follow your heart.
You never know which way the river will bend.