Friday, March 14, 2014

10 life lessons we should learn from Frozen.

Frozen has been one of the most talked about animated movies in a long time. Why? Because it was well created with a great story, but Frozen also was quite different from your traditional Disney stories. Frozen is a film for every girl. While you have your classic elements there are major life lessons to be learned in movie.

1) A true love's kiss.

How Disney has changed, and for the better. Remember that one dramatic kiss? The one that led to 'true love'? Every fairytale had it, but Frozen takes a different route. Rather than ending with a very romantic kiss between Anna and Kristoff, true love here was about Anna choosing to protect Elsa, even though she shut her out for years. We all need to learn that 'love' isn't just about finding a dashing man who ends up being your Prince Charming. Disney, who probably started this stereotype of 'true love' have taken a different and ironically, more realistic route and I commend them for that.

2) That one prince

It is a stereotypical belief that the perfect man is required for a story or movie to be complete. Whether he is the perfect villain, a true love or the friend-zoned sidekick, he has to lead the entire show. False. Frozen proves otherwise. Of course, men can be a great addition to a great plot, whether it is for comic relief or just a twist, but girls and women can carry an entire story by themselves and make it work. In this story, instead of Elsa waiting for a man to rescue her, realizes she can save herself and that is something we all need to learn in life.

3) Just like a good story, everyone needs a funny side kick in their lives.. and some people are just worth melting for.

More than depending on a boringly smooth prince, you will find yourself having a better time with a funny sidekick. Everyone needs a little laughter in their lives and if you meet that one person who makes you laugh keep them around. It doesn't have to be a man, it could be that special women, or even and animal... but remember to keep that smile on, always. You never know, love could stem from uncontrollable laughter too.

Olaf's optimism is something we must all take away from this movie. Sometimes, sacrifice and compromise is just worth it, regardless of the situation. Some people just need warmth and love and love, strong enough to melt your heart, and we all need to be an Olaf in someone elses life.

4) Parents play a big role in how you perceive yourself and the world.

Elsa's parent's may not have been physically abusive, but they clearly stunted her emotionally. It was them who instilled fear in her and made her conceal her true self. After they realized that Elsa had powers and what she was capable of, they tried to hide her in, secluding her from the rest of the kingdom as well as her sister. While this came from a good place, a need to protect their children..this isolation led to Elsa believing she was dangerous, and to her, love meant sacrificing herself to prevent those she cared about from being hurt. They make her wear gloves, inadvertly suppressing herself as well as her powers, leading to Elsa never truly knowing what her real capabilities were. This abuse continued long after her parents died, with Elsa continuing to shut herself out and still putting into practise what she knew from back when her parents were alive. She lived in constant fear of herself for a long time after. Elsa's isolation not only affected herself, but Anna as well. Separating two sisters who were really close to each other, as well as taking away a younger girls role model served as a punishment for Anna , for something that had absolutely nothing to do with her. Anna was so affected by the lack of attention that she decided to marry the first man she meets. How true is this to real life?

Remember, the person who immerses herself in romantic notions with the first, or every man she meets, is the one who craves a love she never had.

5) Fear will always be your enemy

Never let fear control who you are. Elsa's fear crippled her powers and stopped her from being herself, fear took her away from her sister and fear made her feel unloved and dangerous. It didn't stop there, Elsa living in constant fear affected those around her too, with her sister Anna growing up craving the love and attention every younger sister desires. She pushed away everyone around her, until she eventually was isolated and alone. Sometimes, you can be your own worst enemy.

6) A princess is always graceful.

It is a stereotypical belief that princesses should always be elegant and perfect at all times, and Frozen like very few other movies (hint: Brave) disproves this completely. Anna was outspoken, clumsy and always speaking her mind. She has flaws but she is strong. Elsa, on the other hand is stubborn, and complex. Both these princesses are relatable to every girl. Perfection isn't all that everyone assumes it is, and in the end, a princess can and should be herself.

7) Prince Charming isn't always the dashing man you hoped and most people are more than they appear to be.

While we've all known this brave, dashing man, who saves the princess and gives her a happily ever after, that is ALL we know of him. It is the reason Disney ends a lot of their stories at the kiss, because you don't want to know the rest of it. Perfection, in reality, doesn't exist. Frozen teaches that the dashing prince, might not be all that great. He might be a sleazy, lying person who isn't worth your time, but the one who seemed to be the source of trouble, maybe the best fit for you. No one is what they seem to be, Elsa, the princess, has magical powers, Prince Hans, the dashing prince, is a sleazy villain and so on. One major lesson that we need to take from the movie Frozen is that we shouldn't judge a book (well, a person) by it's cover. While Elsa and Anna are princesses, all is not perfect in their world however it may seem on the outside. Even the snowman, Olaf, doesn't love the cold, but prefers warmth, even though it means he could melt...

8)Your first love is hardly ever going to be your last.

Britney and Federline, Kid Rock and Pam Anderson, so many famous couples have rushed into marriages without knowing the other person and the outcome is no surprise. Failure. While some lucky people are fortunate enough to marry their first love, for a majority, it takes a long time. Take heed to Frozen and remember, that first gorgeous man you ever fell in love with might just not be a dashing prince after all.

9) Sisters before misters!

What truly saved Anna's life, was the decision to pick her sister over her first true kiss. The depth of love for her own blood was stronger and turned out to be the reason for her survival. Not everyone maybe in a life or death situation, but sometimes the love we can have for our sisters, or friends who are like sisters, can be bigger and better than a romantic kind of love. Even after Elsa leaves her room for the first time on her coronation, and meets Anna, they get along immediately as if nothing ever separated them. That is a bond stronger than all others. Girls, remember, romance isn't life, get over those stupid love stories you read and watch all day. Thanks, Frozen.

10) Don't hide, let it go.

“Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know,"
Keeping things within you can make your life so much more harder than it should be. You end up doubting yourself, or living in fear. Elsa grew up in fear of her own powers, instead of embracing herself and what she is. This led to her missing out on a lot of important things. Sometimes we all need to let it out to move on, if you take nothing else from the movie, take this and move on. Don't conceal, just live as you are, and be yourself and something magical could come out of it.

If you take one movie and incorporate it into your life, may it be Frozen in all it's honesty.


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