Disney Raised Me and I turned out Okay, Here's Why.

Ok, I love Disney. I may not always be on that Oh My Disney or Disney Bounding level of grind, but it does hold a near and dear place in my heart. Originally, this was going to be a post about my personality and how big it is, then the idea evolved into using Disney characters I identified with to add emphasis. After much deliberation, I decided I’d hold back on the full personality post for now and just focus on the Disney characters. However, as I was writing I learned there are so many characters who influenced me that this has to be a post in many parts.

Welcome to Part 1: Princesses 👸🏾

1. Snow white

Disney’s Snow White is not my fave princess, Once Upon a Time Snow White is a totally different story…but I digress. One thing I did learn from her was to whistle while I work after watching her movie over and over as a kid. To this day you can catch me humming while typing away at my computer, it helps me focus and I crank out projects no problem.

2. Aurora

Admittedly I didn’t watch Sleeping Beauty too much as a kid, but for some reason, I bought it during the film’s 75th anniversary celebration. I suppose I had a bit of FOMO since it was going to go back into the Vault soon. As cliché as it is, Aurora taught me that dreams do come true. “I know you, I walked with you once upon a dream…And I know it's true that visions are seldom all they seem, But if I know you, I know what you'll do, You'll love me at once, the way you did once upon a dream” Lyrics from "Once Upon a Dream", a popular song from the film. Your typical pandering run-of-the-mill love song, right? Perhaps, but with a little sentence enhancer called ✨perception✨, this song is about self-actualization; you’re finally where you’ve been yearning to be and everything is just as you dreamed. #chaseyourdreams kids.

3. Ariel

The Little Mermaid is def in my top three OG favorite Disney Princess movies, simply for the music. Moving into life lessons. my girl Ariel taught me to be curious about the world around me. I felt encouraged to ask questions, stand my ground, and how not to negotiate (see Ariel signing that bogus contract). For better or worse, I also learned that you don’t always have to speak to get your point across. It was my first glimpse at the art of body language (see Ursula circa Poor Unfortunate Souls aka one of the most iconic villain moments in Disney history).

4. Jasmine

“I am not a prize to be won!” nuff said. My namesake (thanks, big sis) taught me to stand up for myself and to be no nonsense (see the scene where she realized Prince Ali is really Aladdin). Despite everything that happened, Jasmine put her faith in him to assist in her rescue when trapped by Jafar. This interaction was my first glimpse of someone showing grace and mercy towards another outside of children’s church. Impactful.

5. Pocahontas

You’d hope the lyrics from ”Colors of the Wind" and "Just around the Riverbend" would have stuck with me the number of times I had this one playing in the family den, but nope. I was a cautious child and sometimes still struggle to seize all the opportunities I can. Growing into adulthood I hope to be more like Disney’s Pocahontas character: kind, courageous, and bold.

6. Mulan

Here. We. Go! Mulan was my jam as a kid, "I’ll Make a Man out of You" was my favorite song because Mulan figured out the secret to climbing the pole and surpassed all her peers! Mulan was a fave and I feel like I can’t write about her without fangirling, which isn’t a bad thing, but I’ll still stop here.

 

7. Tiana

“I’m almost there” amiright? Gosh, I think about that line a lot, like *a lot* a lot. If I’m not Tiana right now idk who I am. Just a young professional trying to make her dreams happen. Tiana is an inspiration and I really need people to stop sleepin’ on me all the time…I mean her, stop sleepin’ on her.

 

 

 

 

8. Elsa

Going to throw a Queen in here because I relate to her more than her sister Ana. In that song no one would stop singing for years, Elsa states, “It’s time to see what I can do, to test the limits and break through, no right, no wrong, no rules for me, I’m free!” Hearing those lyrics during the winter break of my freshman year of college changed my life. I may have tossed phrases like that around throughout this blog post many times, but this one isn’t an exaggeration. I was a genuine fan of the song, and low key still am, it was invigorating that Disney let such a powerful message and performance be recorded and released for kids to listen to was mind blowing to me. In my opinion, the song told children their past doesn’t define them and what happens tomorrow doesn’t quite dictate their worth. So I was perfectly fine with everyone singing it all the time. I was, and clearly still am, here for it. Now let’s go slay.

9. Moana

As a recent college grad, "How Far I’ll Go", speaks to my soul. Honestly, Moana is a young woman torn between her duty to be the chief of her village and her deep-rooted desire to travel elsewhere. It’s not that she wants to leave her people to fend for themselves, she wants to usher in a new era but doesn’t quite know how, but she knows something needs to be done.

I feel that, you know? Like I’m training to be a digital marketing specialist, it’s what I want to do, but I don’t know where to do it. I’ve never been one to roll along with the status quo, so naturally, I want to disrupt the industry, so to speak, and start a revolution. The longer I think about things, the more change I want to see but I don’t quite know where to start. I merely feel it’s not where I’m physically at. “See the light as it shines on the sea, it calls me, and no one knows, how fair it goes, if the wind in my sail on the sea stays behind me, one day I‘ll know, if I go there’s just no telling how far I’ll go.” 😍

I hope you feel as though you understand me even just a fraction more than when you started reading. There are many tests to help you understand yourself and grow professionally and personally. Be sure to take them if you need a bit of guidance in your life. In the meantime, what Disney Princesses helped raise you?