Life Lessons From Mulan: Don’t Let Life Get You Down
Mulan is one of my favorite Disney movies (yes one of many) because of the message that it sends. Usually there is some girl longing for a prince and she finds herself in silly situations and blah blah blah but not Mulan. Mulan is a girl who doesn’t fit in the world around her. She is different and if you saw the movie she kind of gets herself in a little trouble. She ends up taking her dads armor, joining the army in her fathers place, and becomes….shall I say pretty bad ass. She did what she did out of love for her family and goes through so much…and through all the struggles (the whole army training…cue the “Be a Man” song) she was able to not only prove everyone wrong. She became stronger. Not only did she save everyone she saved herself.
So what does this have to do with real life? Did you not just read that awesome movie summer that was kind of spoilerish? 😛 I feel that this applies because it is something all of can relate to on some level. There will be times where life tries knocking you down on the ground but you need to stand back up. These experiences may be painful to deal with, but in the long run they will make you into the person that you are meant to be…and that person will be stronger than you were.
There have been times where I would get angry at how easy some people would have it and how frustrating it was to have to fight for everything I have. I was not privileged enough to have my parents pay for my college education…I enlisted in the military. My parents never bought me a car or bailed me out financially from situations…I worked since I was 14. And no I don’t mean baby sitting because I did that when I was 12. Every single thing in my life I fought for and my friends would just skate on my not having to deal with anything ever. And still at the age of 30 they still can’t manage to do anything without having someone hold their hands. There in lies my lesson. There in also lies the message found in Mulan. That there may be situations that you will be put through and they may be hard and make you doubt yourself, but do your best.
You just have to remember that things will get better. That you will make it through this tough time. And by the time it is all over you will be better because of it. Everything happens for a reason, yes even the bad. Trust me there has been some pretty bad stuff in my life and no one knows about them…but no one would even be able to tell. I smile rainbows and burp sunshine. I’ve walked through the fire but come out stronger. Do I wish that like could have been easier? Of course, but at the same time if it would have been then I would not be me.
When you feel like life is getting to be unbearable just take a deep breath and remember the words of Mulan’s father: “The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all”. You may be going through a tough time but it just means that you are about to bloom. You are amazing…
~Keep Moving Forward~
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