How Disney taught us everything about life

“Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever.” – Walt Disney, being the real MVP of life.
1. Family is EVERYTHING

We all go through rough patches with our families, sometimes we even accidentally turn them into bears or freeze their hearts. Typical family drama.  But no matter what happens, especially when you don’t see eye to eye with them, remember – their love is forever.

2. That being said, beware of stepmums!

From Lady Tremaine in Cinderella to the Evil Queen in Snow White; jealousy can put quite the strain on your relationship. Be extra careful if they happen to dabble in the occult, and if they ever offer you food or drink, maybe reconsider. 

3. Animals make the best friends…and backup singers

Are you ever going about your business and feel a song coming on? Maybe you start belting out those pent-up feelings, only to realise you’re alone? This is where a flock of cute lil forest critters can really come in handy. Bonus points if they also help you with your household chores.

4. Women are unstoppable 

Disney films have produced countless heroines; from sheltered princesses who risked their lives for someone else (props to Ariel!) to those who defied tradition and pursued their dreams (looking at you, Tiana). When in doubt, look to these examples and find your courage. After all, Mulan was just an ordinary girl from a rural village… and she saved all of China. No biggie.

5. Don’t judge a book by its cover

It’s easy to fear what we don’t understand, like Quasimodo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame. On the surface he was rather unfortunate looking, and called a monster, but soon learn he’s actually a big softie with a beautiful singing voice. It’s what’s inside that counts, folks.

6. Our differences are what make us special

Dumbo was ridiculed and ostracized for his big ears, but they’re also what helped him fly. So learn to enjoy what makes you different from everybody else because 'the very things that held you down are gonna carry you up, and up, and up!’

7. Don’t give up on your dreams

This is THE most important lesson Disney has given us. Walt himself struggled for most of his career and was faced with many setbacks and hardships. It wasn’t until he was well into his forties that he found any success. He never gave up, and neither do his characters… and neither should you.

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