How Disney Shaped Our Childhoods

We 90’s kids really take our childhood for granted. We were blessed to be born in a decade that brought us almost ALL of the great Disney classics. Can you imagine your childhood, and consequently, your life without magic carpet rides, mermaids, talking tableware, and pixie dust? Whether you’re a Disney fan or not, these movies shaped our childhoods, our dreams, and our expectations. I bet you any girl you meet will tell you that, though they love Disney movies, they blame them for their unrealistic expectations of love. I bet that most guys you meet will feel a special kinship with Woody or Buzz, having been told to “reach for the sky!” They know with confidence that there is something out their beyond infinity. Girls across the globe have felt empowered by Mulan and Belle, women who were misunderstood by their worlds and who never really fit in. We ladies belted their anthems at the top of our lungs (and still do) as our self-esteems wrestled with the self-deprecating messages the rest of the world told us were true. As boys struggled with their own respective coming-of-age stories, they were reassured that they could go the distance and that even a ‘street rat’ could change his world. As we all grew up and went through those crazy years of adolescence, we were comforted by two silly words: Hakuna Matata. The fact these two words never existed in any language didn’t matter, they meant “no worries!” to us. And we listened.

As our generation enters the post-grad realm of adulthood, we still cringe when we hear the words “Disney Vault”, knowing full well that one of our beloved movies will be sucked into a capitalistic wormhole, not to be seen for at least 5 years time. But though our movies are locked away, we still have their music. Those songs have the power to rekindle fond memories of youth and to empower our teen angst-y souls, bonding a generation through soulful lyrics and a familiar tune.

Songs and quotes that didn’t mean so much at the time have been given new meaning with age. There is some seriously solid advice hidden between the lines of the sheet music. Advice like:

“Always let your conscience be your guide.” -Pinocchio

“The past can hurt, but the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it.” – Lion King

“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” – Mulan

“Even miracles take a little time.” – Cinderella

I could go on and on and on.

So why all this nostalgia?… Why not? In a world with a bunch of crap currently going on, we all need a little reminder to “just keep swimming!”. And so I leave you with with a video of some chaps who understand me:

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