There are so many life lessons from Disney princesses that can really benefit your life.
Ever since I was little, I've LOVED Disney movies. I have memories of naming stuffed animals after my favorite characters and telling my mom that I was going to change my name to Esmeralda after my favorite heroine. That love for Disney movies has not diminished as I've grown up, rather it has evolved. I saw my favorite movies through new eyes, and found myself relating to the incredible women on my screen. I began to learn from them and I think you can too.
Here are my top life lessons from Disney princesses.
1. Forge Your Own Path (Pocahontas, 1995)
Sometimes the path might not seem clear or the path we are expected to take doesn't seem right. Pocahontas shows us it's okay to feel uncertain, and it's okay to figure it out on your own, in your own time. Thanks to her for one of the best life lessons from Disney princesses!
2. Work Hard for What You Want (the Princess and the Frog, 2009)
When we have a goal, we have to work for it. Tiana dreams of opening her own restaurant and she doesn't wait for life to give it to her. She goes out and she works her booty off to achieve her goal.
3. Be Curious (the Little Mermaid, 1989)
Ask questions. Learn new things. Ariel dreams of being a part of the human world, but before she can do so, she explores her surroundings, learning more and more about her world, and the human world in turn.
4. Don't Let Outward Appearances Deceive You (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
Sometimes we judge people because they look different from us. However, this is harmful, because sometimes, the greatest things in life are those that we are unfamiliar with. Belle learns to see beneath the Beast's exterior and sees his interior and finds out who he really is.
5. Stand up to Injustices (the Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1996)
How often do we see someone being treated unfairly? Most of us might feel comfortable and safe to sit back and let it happen, even if we know it's wrong. By standing up for her people and Quasimodo when they are being mocked, Esmeralda shows us that although it may be hard, we should use our voice for good.
6. Being Single Isn't a Bad Thing (Brave, 2012)
Sometimes it seems like the worst thing we can be is single. Merida's strength and assurance to shoot for her own hand shows us that singlehood can be a vital part of life, one where we learn more about ourselves.
7. Embrace Who You Are (Frozen, 2013)
There may be certain things we don't like about ourselves, but Elsa shows us that trying to hide these flaws is counterproductive. Instead, embrace who you are and let your fabulous self shine!
8. Listen to Your Gut (Moana, 2016)
There may be times when we are told what is expected of us, but we have a gut feeling that we need to go a little further. Moana's life is planned out as chief of Montunui, but she knows that because she holds responsibility for her people, she must go against her father's wishes and go beyond the reef.
9. Go outside of Your Comfort Zone and Live Your Dream (Tangled, 2010)
Most of us have something that is keeping us back from living our dreams, insecurities or other things. For Rapunzel, it's a physical tower. Although it's all she's ever known, she takes a leap and leaves her tower and you can too.
10. You Are Strong (Mulan, 1998)
We are capable. And despite our doubts, we are strong and we can make changes in our life. Mulan doesn't let obstacles get in her way and takes her father's place in the army and shows just how physically, mentally, and emotionally strong she can be.
What about you? What Disney ladies inspire you? Let me know in the comments. There's nothing I love more than a good discussion about Disney and strong ladies!