Let It Go | Advice From A Disney Princess
That Elsa, she has some great wisdom for the kids of the next generation. Her sister Anna, she’s not so bad herself either.
I have always been a fan of Disney movies. I mean, what little girl, at some point, doesn’t want to be a princess? Most of the movies end the same way, with the girl finding happiness through someone else. The princess always seems to need to find the handsome prince in order to live “happily ever after”.
The Snow Queen
Enter Elsa. Ironically known as the “Snow Queen”. Is she called that because she doesn’t need/want a man? You know all the derogatory names women get called when we are independent and/or make some of the choices men sometimes make. So Disney, whatever the real reason behind the title Snow Queen, I still think she’s awesome!
She’s a boss. She knows she is different and spends the first movie trying to hide from her magic. But look at how beautiful it is when she finally is ready to “Let It Go”. She releases her fears and embraces her magic within. I mean, she saves her sister’s frozen heart and melts everything with love. Come on, please tell me you are picking up what I’m laying down.
Disney definitely got something right. Elsa is trying to teach the little girls and boys to embrace their inner magic and not fear their uniqueness. My sweet lord. Could you imagine if we could bring up the next generation to ACTUALLY believe in themselves without wavering? For people to accept others, regardless of how one feels about the other? I try to teach my kids that they have magic in them. I call it magic, some call it a spark. Call it whatever you want. Why do we make fun of people who are different? Why do we try to turn them into what WE believe is the “right” way to be? Why can’t we just appreciate uniqueness when we see it and keep our mouths shut if we plan on giving our opinion about what they should believe or how they should act? How beautiful would that be?
Now, onto Frozen 2. Just when you think Elsa’s message couldn’t get any better Disney outdoes itself. The entire second movie is about Elsa looking for the 5th spirit, only to find out, SHE is the fifth spirit and was looking for HERSELF the entire time!
“Show yourself, step into your power. Grow yourself into something new. You are the one you’ve been waiting for, all of my life. Show yourself.”
Um, hello life lesson! Aren’t we all just looking for our true selves amongst the struggles of social media, life lessons and all the other things like self doubt that gets tossed our way. Magic Elsa. You are magic alright! That is the stuff I want my kids to know. I want them to know they have magic inside, to embrace their true power, uniqueness and spark for life and purpose.
Don't Forget Anna!
Now, I don’t want to leave Anna out. She is an integral part to helping Elsa save Arendelle in the movies. So, not only do these two powerhouse sisters teach us about unconditional love for family, they also teach us the power of teamwork.
When Anna thinks Elsa is dead and she has also just lost her best friend, Olaf, because the magic was gone, Disney tucked her in the fetal position beside a rock in a cave. She sat with her grief. She felt the feelings and worked through them. She didn’t run from it, she didn’t turn to poor choices, she thought about what people along the way gave her for advice and she put that advice into action and moved on.
“I’ve seen dark before, but not like this. This is cold, this is empty, this is numb. The life I knew is over, the lights are out. Hello darkness, I’m ready to succumb. I follow you around, I always have. But you’ve gone to a place I cannot find. This grief has a gravity, it pulls me down. A tiny voice whispers in my mind. You are lost, hope is gone, but you must go on. And do the next right thing.
...I’ll make the choice, to hear that voice, and do the next right thing.”
Dude. That’s deep for a Disney movie! So Anna, god love her heart, is teaching us about listening to her intuition. Let me say it for the people in the back…. “I’ll make the choice, to hear that voice, and do the next right thing.” BAM! Anna follows what that little voice is telling her to do and she manages to help “save the day”.
Friends, we need to listen to that little voice inside our heads. It knows how to lead us to the “next right thing”.
So What Have We Learned Today?
1. I should have been a real princess. Oh wait, wrong list.
2. “Let it go”. Let your fears go. Don’t be afraid to embrace your inner magic and be proud of who you truly are, despite what society teaches us is “normal”.
3. “Show yourself, step into your power. Grow yourself into something new.” Step into your power and live your purpose with fire. Change the world in your own, unique way.
4. Listen to the little voice inside you. It can be trusted. It will lead you to “the next right thing”.
You never know what doors will open and what path you have available to you until you start embracing YOUR magic and tuning in to your inner voice. Let me tell you, I never thought in my wildest dreams I would quit my full time, permanent, “safe” job and head “Into the Unknown”. But, I made a choice, to hear my little voice, and do the next right thing.
Thanks Disney, for teaching us such powerful lessons through your brilliant scripts and catchy sing along songs. You continue to hold my heart and nurture my inner child.