Dear Childhood Us: Disney Movies Really Taught You Stuff

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Dear us (when we were little and rewinding tapes in our VCRs to rewatch our favorite films),

 

Now that we’re a little older and wiser, we have some things to say to you. There are lessons you don’t realize you’re learning from the characters you love to watch. Allow us to outline them for you.

 

First, don’t stop believing in magic.
The Blue Fairy wakes up Pinocchio

 

And don’t be afraid to wish upon a star.
When you wish upon a star

 

Life will likely present a few challenges along the way. But remember that what you need has a habit of appearing when you least expect it.
Cinderella's fairy godmother appears

 

And while we’re on the subject of surprises, be open to what comes your way. Don’t be afraid to try new things.
Simba tries some new grub

 

Or meet new people.
Snow White making friends

 

Or learn new things.
Ariel-reading-a-book

 

Or visit new places.
Aladdin and Jasmine seeing a whole new world

 

Listen to your heart.
Rapunzel and Flynn dancing

 

And follow your dreams.
Hercules and the sunset

 

Don’t listen to the naysayers (and there will be naysayers). Just work hard. Really really hard.
Phil achieves his goals

 

And, while you’re doing all this to the best of your ability, always be yourself.
Lilo being herself

 

After all, there’s only one you.
Tigger is the only one

 

Oh, and make sure you have a ton of fun along the way. Make time to play around.
Alice in Wonderland laughs

 

Never lose your childlike wonder.
Chip being adorable

 

There’s plenty of time to be an adult, but it’s like Walt said: Adults are just kids grown up, anyway.
Walt Disney by the castle

 

And one more thing: no matter how many birthdays you’ve celebrated, you’re never too old to watch your favorite Disney movie.
Back in our day Disney castle gif

 

Love,
Us (a little older, a little wiser, and no less obsessed with watching Beauty and the Beast)

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