What I love about life is that there is always something new right around the corner (if you are open to it) that can bring you an unexpected jolt of joy.
It has always been important to me to stay up-to-date on what the cool kids are doing.
That’s why I subscribe to my Entertainment Weekly magazine. Even if I don’t read all of those recommended books, download the top songs or Netflix and chill with the latest TV, I at least don’t have a befuddled look of someone out of touch with the present day.
Now that I no longer share a TV (silver lining of living alone!), a whole world of pop culture has opened up to me. No, I’m still a Game of Thrones virgin, but I am completely caught up on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, fell in love with The Good Place and out of the blue, a dear friend sent me a CD that had me sobbing juicy, snotty tears.
I love a good cry, don’t you?
Believe me, I’ve had plenty of BAD ones. Good cries bring the same kind of release that a sweaty Zumba class offers. The last two pop culture cries that really “did it” for me were The Notebook (zero makeup left by the end of the film) and The Art of Racing in the Rain. (Best. Book. EVER.)
My friend, knowing that I was facing a challenging time, sent me Moana. Are you familiar with this Disney animated film? Well, you should be. Not having given birth, Disney is not usually in my wheelhouse, but my beloved friends Anna Coker hit the ball out of the park with this gift.
Moana is a lovely little island girl with huge almond eyes and is destined to be the next island leader. Her father, the Chief, guides her in the ways of the land – but warns her not to ever venture beyond the reef. He paints the picture of danger and destruction and how she has everything she will ever need right there on the beautiful island. Why leave?
But the ocean calls her. From the time she was a baby, she was drawn to be a wayfarer – to go to distant lands.
She doesn’t want to be a bad daughter, but she also wants to follow her heart.
If you’ve ever felt drawn to something MORE, but hesitated because you didn’t want to disappoint the people you love, you will LOVE Moana.
I won’t tell you any more because you need to see it for yourself. And have a good cry.
And when you do, this clip will make more sense. It is now on repeat on my iTunes playlist:
If you have seen the film (it came out in 2016; where have I been?!), please let me know your thoughts. Also, have you found something NEW that brings you joy? Please share! My pop-culture “to do” list is growing by leaps and bounds, but it makes me happy.
Closing thoughts on JOY and the new WOW, coming right up!
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You are worth getting answers!