This is the last post in our series about lessons we learn from the Disney Princesses! If you missed any of the others, check them out!
Elsa – Be True to yourself
We cannot mention Elsa without the song “Let It Go!” Elsa spent her whole life trying to “Conceal, don’t feel. Don’t let it show.” However, she was so much more than a normal child. She was born with incredible powers of ice and snow, and in trying to hide them, they began to control her. Suppressing who she truly was brought more harm and fear to her than good. Once she “let it go,” she was able to discover what she was capable of. Elsa became a beloved ruler only after she embraced herself. We, like Elsa, need to embrace ourselves (flaws and strengths) in order to live a full and happy life.
Moana – Keep Trying
Moana captivated our hearts with her longing to be out on the Ocean. She is curious and courageous, and when the time came, she took out on an adventure to save her Island. Although things didn’t always go according to plan, she kept trying, and kept trusting that things will always work out in the end. Even when she hit rock bottom, just being attacked by Te Kā deserted by Maui, and was swept miles away from Te Fiti, she got back up (with a little help from her ancestors), and sailed her way back across the ocean to take back the heart of Te Fiti. when she returned home, she reminded her family of their voyaging ancestry, and they too took to the boats to find new islands. No matter what life throws at us, be it a shiny crab, stubborn demi-god, or savage coconuts, never give up. Stay strong, have courage, and believe, just like Moana.
Raya – Learn to Trust
One of the central messages of Raya and the Last Dragon was centered on learning to trust other people.
Raya: Yeah, well the world’s broken. You can’t trust anyone.
Sisu: Or maybe the world’s broken because you don’t trust anyone.
Raya learned to trust Sisu, her team, and eventually Naamari. In doing so, they were able to save the world together. You can’t do everything on your own, and sometimes, you have to be willing to open your heart by trusting other people. Learning to rely on other people enriches our lives, builds bonds between people, and hopefully will help you find your own kumandra, just like Raya did.