The creator of flawless princesses who always get the handsome, prince in the end. The creator of magical, timeless stories that envelop everyone when they’re small children (or for me, Disney still takes me on a magic carpet ride). The creator of dreams and proof that dreams do come true. Disney has truly empitomized the saying “happily, ever after”. But who said Disney had to be just for children? After all, there are some Disney story lines we can take to heart–even in our journey throughout adulthood (don’t quote me on that though-I’m still in my first year of adulthood).
The Princesses are a great place to start.
For instance, Cinderella. She is Disney-proof that an average person can do the impossible–with a little hardwork and determination, after all. She reminds me of the American Dream, the idea that if you work hard, you can achieve anything you want. After all, isn’t that the truth? Look at Steve Jobs, some weirdo, college drop out from California who had an idea paired with some pretty big and awesome dreams. Now Apple basically dominates the world (don’t we all have at least 1 Apple product?). Cinderella was controlled by her evil step-mother and was forced daily to take part in some grueling work, however, in the end she married the Prince and became a Princess herself. However, along the way she never changed herself or let the fame go to her head. She still remained the humble and hardworker she always was.
Or look at Mulan. She’s Disney-proof that girls can do anything that boys can do. She disguised herself as a male soldier and enlisted in the war–she even fought in it before anyone realized her gender difference! How’s that for a little girl power motivation?
Maybe my all-time favorite Princess Jasmine can inspire us all as well. Jasmine fell for the not so soft spoken, common boy, Aladdin. Although he had to disguise himself as a Prince just to convince her father that they should be together, Jasmine loved Aladdin for who he was not what he was (Prince or not). Pretty awesome advice for everyone out there these days-considering the high levels of emphasis that are placed on looks and apperances.
Disney princesses may set unrealistically high expectations in the looks and awesomeness departments, but they have a thing or two they can teach us about life, love, and dreams. Things that we do not only admire, but strive to let them convey true and deep meaning in our lives. They teach us that we should love deeply and truly, not let any previously set glass-ceilings or barriers hold us back, to dream with all our heart, and to never judge a book by it’s cover. Some pretty incredible things that we can all adapt into our lives. After all, what girl wouldn’t want to be a Disney princess?