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.
And don’t be afraid to 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.
And while we’re on the subject of surprises, be open to what comes your way. Don’t be afraid to try new things.
Or meet new people.
Or learn new things.
Or visit new places.
Listen to your heart.
And follow your dreams.
Don’t listen to the naysayers (and there will be naysayers). Just work hard. Really really hard.
And, while you’re doing all this to the best of your ability, always be yourself.
After all, there’s only one you.
Oh, and make sure you have a ton of fun along the way. Make time to play around.
Never lose your childlike wonder.
There’s plenty of time to be an adult, but it’s like Walt said: Adults are just kids grown up, anyway.
And one more thing: no matter how many birthdays you’ve celebrated, you’re never too old to watch your favorite Disney movie.
Us (a little older, a little wiser, and no less obsessed with watching Beauty and the Beast)