No matter how old we get, we’re never too old to sit down in front of a Disney Princess movie and let the years wash away as it takes us back to our childhood. However, watching these films back as an adult gives you a greater understanding of the morals they taught us when we were children through unconscious socialisation.
Belle taught us that there is more to life than how we look. Read books and flaunt your intelligence, fall in love with someone’s mind! She taught us the importance of kindness and even though you have a good heart it doesn’t mean you settle for people’s crap and it certainly doesn’t give them the power to intimidate you.
Mulan taught us that we don’t need to conform to gender roles. If you have the passion and the determination then you can do anything you put your mind to. And you can do an amazing job at it regardless of whether you’re male or female.
Merida taught us to take fate into our own hands. She showed us that we don’t need a relationship of the romantic kind in order to validate us as people – we can do that through a love for ourselves and a love for our family.
Ariel taught us not to give up on the things we want and that we shouldn’t let ourselves become limited to what other people expect from us. We have to go after the things we want and you can’t let the fear of the unknown hold you back.
Elsa taught us that being emotionally vulnerable doesn’t mean you aren’t strong and powerful. We don’t have to conceal our feelings and hide who we are because we’re all important and we all deserve to be accepted. She and Anna show us there the love of family can help you overcome anything.
My challenge for you is to think about one characteristic you have; be it your determination or your kind heart or your ‘badassness’, whatever! Take notice of it and admire it. Don’t be afraid to show it off to the world because the likelihood is you’ll set an example for other people and they’ll admire you just as much as a Disney Princess.