Dreaming of Disney

Halloween is only days away, and it seems like yesterday that I can recall eagerly getting ready for the big event and staying up late in hopes of devouring my entire Trick-or-Treat bag.  To my dismay, my mother ensured my sister and me were covered from head to toe in down vests, long-sleeved shirts, and sweatpants.  Watching my friend Mary Susan skip down the street in a bright green Tinkerbell costume as her blond hair and white glittered wings bounced in front of my face, I could feel the longing of wanting to be a Disney princess or heroine.  I can’t tell you how many times my friends and I jumped up from the beneath the water of our backyard above-ground pool pretending to be Ariel or how often my sister and I played “A Part of Your World” and spun around with blankets pretending it was a magic carpet ride.  Fast forward twenty years later and Halloween becomes a never-ending late night party with plenty of raucous drinking, smoking, and just about anything imaginable.  Disney princesses have lost some of their sparkle and imagination.  Nearly every -ism, dating experience, and prom memory will tell you Life isn’t like a Disney movie.  Although they have a point, thinking back on my favorites, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast, there’s some important lessons Disney got right:

Princess Jasmine

 

 

Don’t wait around for someone unless he’s Prince Charming.  Too often I’ve seen women and men wait for each other, assuming the other person will suddenly change their mind about commitment or have a change of heart and decide they’ve been wrong all along and this relationship is the real thing.  Princess Jasmine is one woman who doesn’t wait around for someone else to be her knight in shining armor.  She goes out on an adventure and she runs into Aladdin, someone who understands her sense of adventure and desire to be known as a person and not for their status.  Her independent spirit continually reminds me, don’t settle for a person, job, or place.  Everyone deserves to have friends, significant others, and employment that brings out the best in them.  If you really want something, you’ll make it happen, no matter the odds.  Money can always be made and saved, the right person will come along when you’re ready, and opportunities don’t wait around forever, you have to grab them when you can. Continue Reading ›