The Girl With Disney Dreams
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I blame my childhood for igniting my love for Disney. If you know me you'll know that if I had the option to watch any film, I'll most likely pick a Disney one. Yes, they are predictable. Yes, we know how most of them end but I'll still watch them, sing along and get in my feelings by the end of it. Some people may see it as childish, I say that I don't need that kind of negativity in my life SO all of my friends have accepted that I love Disney.
One thing I've learnt is that growing up as a child, watching Disney films puts this idea of life having a "perfect ending". It makes you think that life is pretty much all roses and that my Prince Charming will find and save me at some point and we'll live happily ever after. But 23 years in (and a few frogs + weeds later) the reality of life not being anything like Disney has of course hit. The reality is that life is nothing like what Disney makes out to seem (you're all probably reading this thinking "duh, Simi" but hear me out)
We may not have a Disney happy ending mentality but we all imagine how our lives would be by a certain time. This may include that "dream career", "dream home" and "dream spouse". It's so easy to plan how we would like our lives to be like by a certain time. I clearly remember at 16/17 wanting to be married by 23, living in the cute little home, living out my dreams (The fact I used to think this is SO comedic to me by the way!) BUT now being 23 I can say my life isn't what I thought it would be when I imagined it at age 16. It's so easy to imagine meeting your "prince charming" by a certain time but what happens when the ones you meet are far from being a prince and anything BUT charming? What happens when the dream career you thought you'll be established in isn't even in plain sight? What happens when the life you thought would be smooth sailing feels like you're constantly going through turbulence? Life is so unpredictable and rarely turns out how we hoped and dreamed it would. So much so that I've seen this cause people to lose hope. I've seen people lose that spark they had for reaching a particular goal or achieving a particular dream.
If Disney has taught me anything it's that in the end there's always a happy ending, so never ever lose hope. Never stop dreaming. This life we live is a constant journey and each milestone we hit is a happy ending to a particular chapter in your life. I'm very aware of how hard and tough life can be but I refuse to let it stop me from believing that good things will still happen and I'll still achieve the things I've dreamt I'll achieve. Imagine if Mulan gave up at first hurdle? Who would've defeated the Huns? What I'm trying to say is that life was never going to be a smooth ride but just because you're going through some turbulence doesn't mean it's the end. Never let the bumps in the road make you lose sight of your dreams.
You might have to slay a few dragons before you reach that destination or kiss a few frogs before you meet your prince but in the end you'll get there. There's always a good ending (as hard as it may be to believe!) So here I am, aged 23 still believing in Disney because Disney has always taught me to never let go of my dreams.
Love, Simi x