Adventure is out there!

Kaylyn Sweitzer, Reporter

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Words of wisdom from D15ney

Just like the last stroke of midnight in “Cinderella” signified the end of a magical night, graduation signifies the end of an era. The Class of 2015 is ready to close the door on high school, allowing another one to open to the future. 

Over the past 13 years of education, I have had some amazing teachers. These educators have helped mold me into who I am today. Some of my greatest teachers, however, weren’t necessarily teachers by trade. I am of course referring to the wondrous realm of Disney characters. These lovable characters possess qualities that we should all strive to have: loyalty, determination, resilience, bravery, faith, patience, confidence and curiosity. We could all learn a thing or two from these amazing role models. 

Here are 15 life-changing lessons that I have learned from Disney:

1. “The Lion King”: Never forget who you are.

2. “Aladdin”: Don’t pretend to be something you’re not, and people will love you for who you are.

3. “The Little Mermaid”: In the journey of becoming who you want to be, don’t forget who you are.

4. “Beauty and the Beast”: When looking for love, find someone who brings out the best in you and helps you to become better.

5. “Hercules”: Life’s not about popularity. It’s about love and sacrifice.

6. “The Incredibles”: Your differences are what make you incredible.

7. “Mulan”: Don’t worry about expectations. Be yourself.

8. “Toy Story”: Don’t be afraid to work with someone who is different than you. He or she might become your best friend.

9. “Tangled”: Sometimes you have to face your deepest fears in order to make your wildest dreams come true.

10. “The Princess and the Frog”: It’s not enough to just wish; you’ve got to work for your dreams.

11. “Up”: The adventure never ends.

12. “WALL-E”: There is no greater wonder in the universe than the love we hold for others.

13. “Ratatouille”: We determine what we can and cannot achieve.

14. “Toy Story 3”: Friends may come, and friends may leave, but they are our friends, and we will love them forever.

15. “Pocahontas”: Do not judge others until you have walked in their shoes.

Sure, I still don’t understand why I’ll ever need the Pythagorean Theorem, but at least I learned this: The most important lessons cannot be learned in a classroom. It is our adventures and experiences that build us to become better human beings. America has only taught us to be human doings. We’ve only been told to do, do, do. We are rarely told to be, be, be. There is more to life than just doing – it’s also about being. 

Be as curious as Ariel, as self-sacrificing as Belle, as independent as Mulan, as open-minded as Pocahontas, as confident as Jasmine, as courageous as Rapunzel, as hardworking as Tiana, as loving as Snow White, as sophisticated as Aurora and as patient as Cinderella.

Adventure is out there. Seize it, and fly away with it to the second star on the right and straight ‘til morning. Class of 2015, it’s been real. It’s been cool. It’s been real cool. 

Just remember, a dream is a wish your heart makes—so dream on.

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2015-05-21 08:41:58

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