Disney has been a huge part of my life since I was a child. I was obsessed with the Aristocats, Cinderella and Belle as a young’un and that obsession still remains with me as an adult. Some of my happiest memories were spent with my family in Disney parks and some of my happiest memories as an adult have been spent in Disney parks – just with Johnny this time. It’s taught me such a lot about life and love and today I wanted to share those lessons with you.
DON’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER
If Belle had judged a book by its cover, she definitely wouldn’t have fallen for The Beast, and that’s a lesson I’ve taken with me into adulthood. Not just about people, but about everything. Shops; books; opportunities. If you take something at face value and refuse to explore everything else that it has to offer, you can end up really missing out. As humans, we are extremely judgemental and this is something that Disney really teaches us we shouldn’t be. We all have those automatic judgements that we make about people and places – a reflex of a nose-turn up. However, as Disney teaches us in so many ways, the first impression is not always the right impression.
SOMEDAY YOUR PRINCE WILL COME
During my teens I was so insecure about myself and thought no boy would ever find me attractive or want to date me, but eventually, as Aurora said, my prince came. He came when I least expected him to and he swept me off my feet like a true Disney prince did. I recently read a post by Adam Hattan that I found extremely meaningful and poignant about his experiences with love and how he’s never been in love and I just wanted to tell him that someday his prince would come. Love comes when you least expect it and when you’re definitely not looking for it. If you force it, it can often not be right. What I have with Johnny is so magical and so pure and I’m so glad Disney was there to guide me into not rushing into things with the wrong person.
FRIENDS CAN BE VILLAINS IN DISGUISE
Remember when Anna trusted Hans so much and he turned out to be a double-crossing, evil little snake? That can happen in real life too. Disney’s Frozen teaches you a lot about true love and true friendship, and it’s a lesson I’m carrying into my adult life. Even though I’m not as naive as Anna when it comes to marrying someone you just met, I have been naive before with thinking that people are my friends when in fact they’ve been using me for their own means, or just trying to turn my friends against me (yep, this has happened – it worked and it was awful!). Going into adulthood, I have been more mindful about the people I hang around with and have successfully distanced myself from those who only bring negativity.
NEVER UNDERESTIMATE YOUR MUM
Brave is one of my favourite Disney films because of the mother-daughter relationship. Despite Tangled telling us that sometimes mother doesn’t know best, in my case I’m pretty sure she does. My mum is my rock. Even though we live 100 miles apart, we are best friends and – no offence dad – is the thing I miss most about not living in Dorset. Whenever I get to see her and have a cheeky glass of Sauvignon, I always think about Merida’s relationship with her mother. While it hasn’t taken a bear-related crisis to make my mother and I close – and she’s never tried to force me into marriage! – I still get really tearful when I watch Brave because it just reminds me of my mum, how much I miss her and how much I value her as a mum and as a best friend.
MAGIC CAN BE FOUND EVERYWHERE
For me, magic is everywhere. Magic is spending a Sunday afternoon on the sofa with Johnny in our little flat and watching Scrubs with some snacks. Magic is putting up the Christmas Tree and turning on the lights for the first time. Magic is the look on the dog’s face when he hasn’t seen me for months. Magic is watching my favourite YouTubers whilst snuggled under a blanket, or sipping cocktails by a poolside. Magic is a Sunday lunch cooked by my Granny, surrounded by my nearest and dearest. Magic is a Mario Kart competition between my friends and I, or getting a good grade in an assignment I thought I did terribly on. Magic is everywhere in everyday life and Disney has definitely taught me that.