Always Be You

Whenever I watch movies, whether it be a comedy or action film, I tend to walk away from it with a lesson learned. Behind every movie there are hidden messages that we can all relate with and today’s movie is no different: Dora and the Lost City of Gold.

Obviously this wasn’t my selection choice, but one that was made by my daughter. Not growing up watching the cartoon herself, she nevertheless found the movie interesting and had a strong desire to watch it. And like any good parent, I obliged her request.

I don’t want to give away any spoilers here but Dora is a good natured kid who exhibits such an enthusiastic look on life. She’s highly intelligent and somewhat naive about how the world works (with people in it) but that is what makes her so enchanting. Her outlook on life is so radiant and filled with positivity that it can be nauseating for people who are filled with bitterness, sadness or a negative view on life. But this radiancy is what makes her so special and what kept me mesmerized by her presence throughout the film.

Throughout the movie, people around her kept asking her to change for her to “fit in”, particularly her cousin Diego. He insisted that she stopped being “weird” and learn to just be “normal” because “high school is hard enough as it is”. Dora just wants to be herself and normal to her is being true to who she is. There are times in the movie where she does question herself about how she appears to others but eventually overcomes these self doubts about herself and thus resorts back to what is best for her: being who she is.

At a certain point in the film the character Alejandro, becomes so exasperated by her good natured go lucky personality that he actually yells at her to stop being so positive. In her perspective, with any negative situation, she can turn it around by looking it at a different perspective. This annoyed the crap out of Alejandro but Dora just ignores him.

Dora teaches us that there are many people out there who would like us to change to fit their “normal” mode and would like us to view the world through their eyes. There are also people out there that will call us “weird” for being different and will bully us to the point of questioning who we are. There are also people out there that might be filled with so much negative energy that they can never understand your positive mindset and will ask you to gain their negative perspective.

But you can not change. You can not allow people, circumstances and events in your life to alter your state of mind and the core sense of who you are. There will be many people who will try to knock you down and change who you are because of something INSIDE of THEM. There will be people who will question your authenticity and your positive outlook on life but it’s a REFLECTION of THEM and their own struggles with self.

Dora stayed true to herself in the film and she never altered who she was as a person. She might have questioned it from time to time, but in the end she was self aware and self assured and then she helped others become better versions of THEMSELVES. She affected their negative outlook and assisted them in seeing that there was more to life than “fitting in” and being “competitive”. She allowed them to see that we are all special in our own way and each and every one of us has assets that the world needs.

So live a little like Dora everyday. Be “weird”, be positive, but always be YOU and never change your positive outlook on life for anyone. – Peace and Love

Appreciate The Life That You Live

Halloween is fast approaching us in a few days and with it comes great classic Halloween movies that I love to indulge myself in. One movie that’s become somewhat of a liking of mine is “The Nightmare Before Christmas” because of the movie’s ability to blend Christmas and Halloween into one spectacular tale.

Jack Skeleton is the king of Halloween and he lives in Halloween Town. The town its filled with monsters and a lot of spooky stuff, which I might add frightened my five year old for awhile, but she soon realized that they were all just really silly characters. Jack is tired of doing the same thing over and over again every year and he craves for something new. One day he stumbles upon many doors that leads to different holidays. Of course he opens the door to Christmas and as soon as he discovered what it was, he was enthralled and wanted to know everything there is to know about it. He is convinced that it is unfair that his town doesn’t get to celebrate Christmas, so he sets out to become the new Santa Claus.

If you have watched the movie, then you would know Jack ruins Christmas and scares the living shit out of all the kids. Even the military are called upon to stop him by shooting him down because everyone knows he is an imposter and not the real Santa Claus. Jack survives but he becomes extremely upset about his fate, however he soon realizes his new appreciation for Halloween.

With his experience with Christmas, Jack’s love for Halloween has been reignited and ends up saving Christmas by saving Santa Claus from Oogie Boogie, a boogeyman. Santa Claus fixes everything and treats Jack and his friends to some wintery snow.

This movie reminds us that what we have is something to appreciate. We may always wonder about the other side of the grass or we think about what others have and are filled with envy. That feeling of envy is often misguided and we take what we have for granted. What we think we want is actually what we already have but at times we become so enthralled in what we don’t have. We lose sight of ourselves and we begin to want what others may have. We begin to mistreat the people in our lives and the things we have acquired for so long. We look at them with disdain and our eyes begin to glitter when we see something new. But what we really need is to appreciate what we do have.

What we have is our past manifestations and our past feelings of the life we envisioned for ourselves. What we have, identifies our strengths as individual human beings. What we have, is what separates us and what makes us different and that is something we need to appreciate about ourselves. I am not writing about material goods, but a sense of appreciation for all you have been through and the path you have.

Your journey has brought you here at this present moment and out has made you the person that you are currently. That is something to be so proud of and it is something that you should cherish forever. Love the journey that brought you here, with it the people and the experiences you have encountered. Your life is truly magical and you do not need to live anyone else’s life to know that. – Peace and Love.

There is “Magic” inside all of Us.

So I just arrived back from watching “Abominable” movie with my family. It quickly reminded me of a favorite growing up “E.T” due to its many similarities starting with a creature that important people are trying to capture and of course, the kids trying to rescue him.

As any kid’s movie would have it, there is always a misfit, and this one is named Yi who lives in Shanghai. She recently lost her father and she feels lost without him. One night she discovers a Yeti hiding on her roof hiding from a zoologist who is trying to recapture him. Of course Yi and the yeti becomes friends and Yi promises to take him back home to Mount Everest, where he belongs.

I do not want to spoil the movie, but as you know it has a happy ending. The yeti is reunited with his family and Yi discovers that she may have lost one family member but she still has her mother and grandmother who truly love her. She also discovers that her neighbors are valuable to her too (they do go on the adventure with her in reuniting the yeti with his family) and she sees them now as her family.

During the movie, Yi plays the violin, which used to belong to her father. While she plays it, she discovers that she has the magical ability to make flowers bloom. She is mesmerized and shocked that it was her and not the yeti that was making the flowers bloom whenever she played the violin. Throughout her sadness of losing her father, she would only play the violin at night whenever no one was watching. But as soon as the yeti needed to be soothed, she played for him and miraculously the flowers bloomed in her pot, without her knowledge that it was her who did that.

I honestly think that is how the Universe works. We end up doing things for others when they need it most but then we discover how special we are too. Even through our pain and sadness, we end up discovering that we can help others and at the same time heal ourselves. We learn that we are indeed strong individuals who have the magical ability to make anything “bloom” in our lives when we just do what we know is the right thing to do. We discover that the power lies in us and that we do not need to look for outside factors to make us stronger, when we already have the strength to move mountains ourselves.

Sometimes we need something, in this case a yeti, to help us realize our strengths and the power of our own mind. We sometimes cannot see it when we are by ourselves, but we end up seeing it when something pushes us that challenges us to be strong. We must sometimes need to go through an adventure to discover what lies in all of us. Every adventure is different for all of us, but how we respond to it helps us find out what we are all capable of. And we are so much more capable than we actually realize. It is our job to discover the magic that lies in ourselves and hopefully make ourselves better people. – Peace and Love