Growing up, the movies and T.V. shows we watched were for mere entertainment. Or to distract us so we’d give mommy and daddy a few hours of peace and quiet. Watching them as adults, these movies can hold so much more meaning. Seeing them through the glasses of our age and experiences, they speak to our inner child- delivering a surprisingly deep message.
Here are 15 lessons from childhood movies we all should revisit.
The Lion King
Don’t be held back by your past. Learn from it and be the best that you can be.
“Oh yes the past can hurt. But you can either run from it, or learn from it.” – Rafiki
When you work with a team and have the right attitude, you can accomplish anything.
“To infinity and beyond!” – Buzz Lightyear
Toy Story 2
Being a kid is great, but growing up is an adventure all it’s own.
“I can’t stop Andy from growing up. But I wouldn’t miss it for the world.” – Woody
Toy Story 3
Even when we’re grown ups, there will always be people standing by your side until the end.
“Now Woody, he’s been my pal for as long as I can remember. He’s brave, like a cowboy should be. And kind, and smart. But the thing that makes Woody special, is he’ll never give up on you… Ever. He’ll be there for you, no matter what.” – Andy
*You know you cried during this scene. We all did.
People are measured by the content of their character, not the collection of their belongings.
“Do not be fooled by its commonplace appearance. Like so many things, it is not what outside, but what is inside that counts.” – Merchant
The Little Mermaid
People will love you more when you are true to yourself.
“You got your own style, now let it come through. And remember no matter what, you got to be you.” – Sebastian
Never, ever give up on something you want badly enough.
“When life gets you down do you wanna know what you’ve gotta do? Just keep swimming!” – Dory
Beauty and the Beast
Surround your self with good people and never let the thoughts of other affect your life.
“And for once it might be grand, to have someone understand. I want so much more than they’ve got planned.” – Belle
It’s right there in the movie! “Let your conscience be your guide.”
“Now, remember, Pinocchio: be a good boy. And always let your conscience be your guide.” – The Blue Fairy
It’s during the tough times that we learn who we really are- and they teach us to be a more confident and better person.
“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” – The Emperor
As our lives take unexpected turns, our dreams may change. But don’t stop chasing them.
“You are my new dream.” – Eugene (aka Flynn Rider)
When one chapter of life closes, another is just beginning. Even when it doesn’t feel like it’s possible.
“Thanks for the adventure. Now go have a new one.” – Elle
We can often learn the most from people not like ourselves.
“You think the only people who are people, are the people who look and think like you. But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you’ll learn things you never knew you never knew.” – Pocahontas
Lilo and Stitch
Family is important. Family doesn’t always have to be made up of blood relatives- but rather the hearts and souls of those you choose to surround yourself with.
“’Ohana’ means ‘family.’ ‘Family’ means no one gets left behind.” – Lilo
Never give up on your dreams. No matter how impossible they may seem.
“No matter how your heart is grieving, If you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.” – Cinderella
And don’t forget to live happily every after
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