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Lessons learned from Frozen

During a visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studio this past summer, we took part in one of the Disney Animation Studio classes. I had no idea who the character was that we drew – it was just some snowman named Olaf.

Last night, there was absolutely nothing on TV we wanted to watch. So I flipped through the channels and we ended up watching the special on the making of Disney’s Frozen.

We were so intrigued by that special, we then went right over to one of the premium channels and watched the movie.

I love knowing the backstory on movies – it makes it more compelling to watch when you know who wrote the story, and why. If you haven’t seen the special, I’ll clue you in – Frozen was supposed to be Disney’s The Snow Queen, but the studio didn’t want it to be just another “Princess battles the wicked queen and is saved by the Prince” story. The final storyline in Frozen evolved due to several factors, but most importantly by the music that was written, and the actors who voiced the part.

And that brings me to lessons I learned from watching Frozen

1)  You can’t write how your own story ends.

People you love, events you live through and even the music you choose will change the plans you have for your life, no matter how hard you try to stick to one path. They will change you.

2)  There will be doors you can’t open.

This movie made me cry, I have to admit, but probably not where you’d expect. I found myself welling up at the image of a little girl, sitting outside her sister’s door, whispering “Do you want to build a snowman”? That one got me where it hurts. It made me remember all the times I wanted so badly to be close to my sister, but we just don’t have that kind of relationship. I mourn never getting to whisper and giggle with her as kids, or swap secrets over a glass of wine as adults. How we missed that connection, I don’t really know. Sometimes, I have to question which side of the door I was on – was I whispering through the door, or standing on the other side, listening?

3)  Sometimes, you just need to be your own hero.

I’m glad Anna didn’t need a prince’s kiss to heal her frozen heart. She healed it herself. I’m still learning how to do that. It may take more time.

And, you knew it was coming…

4)  Let It Go.

Those gloves on Elsa’s hands - masking her power - spoke volumes to me. How many of us are holding back our talents because they don’t fit into a traditional mold? Do you downplay your own strengths? Why are you holding back? Let ‘er rip. 

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