Just because you’re older doesn’t mean you’re too old to snuggle up on the couch and watch a couple of classic Disney movies. Over the holidays, we at SheKnows rediscovered our love of some of the Disney classics. There are even a few great lessons from the characters and movies. Here’s what we learned.
Don’t let others pull your puppet strings
Always listen to your personal Jiminy Cricket, and don’t let your friends be your puppet master. Otherwise you could end up looking like a donkey’s backside like Pinocchio did.
You can do anything you put your mind to
Dumbo didn’t need a magic feather to fly, just big ears and the belief that anything is possible when you put your mind to it. “Don’t just fly; soar.”
An expensive pair of shoes and a fancy dress can transform your life
Just ask Cinderella.
Because you’re old doesn’t mean you have to act like you’re old
Peter Pan never wanted to grow up, especially if it meant climbing a tree was beneath his dignity — a good reminder to not let your age dictate what you want to achieve.
Always look on the bright side of life
When things go wrong, you can choose to wallow in self-pity, or you can adopt Pollyanna’s attitude and play “The Glad Game,” in which you focus on reasons you have to be happy.
Every girl needs an enormous handbag
A massive, Mary Poppins-style handbag for stashing all your stuff is essential. While you might not need to store coat racks, lamps, mirrors and medicine, it’s always good to carry underwear, comfortable shoes and lipstick in case of an emergency.
Be happy with the bare necessities
In The Jungle Book, Baloo bear imparts his wisdom through song. He encourages you to be content with your lot and not work yourself to the bone when all you really need are the bare necessities. “If you act like that bee acts, uh, uh. You’re working too hard.”
Outer appearances can be deceiving
Just like Belle in Beauty and the Beast, take the time to get to know someone before judging them by their outer appearance. You might have more in common than you ever imagined.
Never give up on your goals
Never let other people dissuade you from your goals. The Jamaican bobsled team never gave up even though the whole world was laughing at them at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. They were the inspiration behind Cool Runnings and Jamaica’s team competing at the Winter Olympics this year.
Just keep swimming
Losing your job, unexpected bills, a broken heart, even the loss of a close friend or family member, and sometimes all in the same month? Finding Nemo‘s forgetful fish, Dory, has some great advice, because there isn’t much you can do than “just keep swimming.”
Learn from mistakes
The Lion King‘s Rafiki imparts sage wisdom to Simba that we can apply to our own lives. “The past can hurt, but the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it.”
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Life live to its fullest
“Take it from an old spectator. Life’s not a spectator sport. If watchin’ is all you’re gonna do, then you’re gonna watch your life go by without ya.” — Laverne, The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Sometimes you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find your prince
Not all frogs turn into princes, so keep on kissing frogs until you find the right one. Don’t settle for just any old warty toad.
You can’t change the past
There’s no point fretting about what’s happened. You can’t change it. The Incredibles‘ Edna Mode sums it up perfectly. “I never look back, darling. It distracts me from the now.”
Be joyful in all that you do
Hard work seems to take less time when you’re cheerful. Put on some music while doing housework, and just like in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, whistle while you work. “When hearts are high, the time will fly.”
Embrace your craziness
“You’re mad, bonkers, off your head! But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.” — The Mad Hatter, Alice in Wonderland.
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Stand up for yourself
You don’t have to allow someone bigger, more powerful or influential to bully you. Just like Flik, the little worker ant in A Bug’s Life, don’t be scared to stand up to the grasshoppers at your workplace or school.
Differences don’t matter as much as you think they do
In The Fox and the Hound, despite their differences, Tod, a young fox, and Copper, a hound dog, are the best of friends. They weren’t aware they were supposed to be enemies. If only we as humans lived the same way…
Beauty sleep is essential for stopping the aging process
Sleeping Beauty was asleep for 100 years, and when she awoke, she still looked amazing, which just goes to show you the importance of getting enough sleep.
Engage your brain before opening your mouth
The March Hare from Alice in Wonderland sums this up wonderfully: “If you don’t think, then you shouldn’t talk.”
Appreciate what you have
Be content with what you have. Like Sebastian from The Little Mermaid says, “The seaweed is always greener in someone else’s lake.”