When I first heard that Disney and Pixar were making a movie about jazz music I was beyond excited. As a former band mom, I just knew this movie would be a family favorite. What I didn’t plan on were the life lessons I would learn from this movie.
Disney and Pixar’s Soul was originally slated to land in theaters in June of 2020 but as we all know 2020 wasn’t exactly how any of us planned. It did release to Disney+ and made a huge impact on many especially my family. For those who haven’t seen it, you can grab your copy on March 23, 2021.
Important Life Lessons From Disney Pixar’s Soul
Find Joy In The Little Things
For me, the biggest lesson I got from this movie is to not overlook the small things in everyday life. I am a huge believer in finding joy in the everyday life. When I first was diagnosed with MS I lost the ability to do everyday things like brushing my teeth or tie my shoe. When I relearned this task I found joy in them again because I could once again be self-sufficient.
This movie reminded me I need to do that more often. To just take in the beauty of everyday life. Things like hearing music, or your child’s laughter. Taking time to enjoy the smell of dinner cooking or a walk. The simple things in life are the things that bring us joy if we just stop long enough to enjoy them.
Your Purpose Is To Live
I believe as humans we get caught up in a label or title we are given early on. Or we feel our talents, or gifts are our purpose. Whether these titles are given to us early on by family or friends. Maybe it’s something that happens to you. Whatever the case we begin to believe this is our purpose in life to be the best mom, hardest worker, the survivor. We define our purpose as this title and believe it is what makes us unique.
The truth is YOU make you unique. By living the life you want whatever that looks likes. You live fearlessly, true to who you are inside and not what others label you as. Your true purpose in life is to live. To live authentically, happily and with a much passion as possible.
As we all know life doesn’t always go as planned. Just look at 2020 and we all saw our life change. In the movie Soul at the barbershop Joe assumes Dez always wanted to be a barber, because that’s his gift. We learn that Dez actually wanted to be a vet. But after his son got sick, barber school was less expensive than veterinarian school and his plans changed.
Growing up I always dreamed I would travel, write novels, and be a wife and mother of 2. Then I was diagnosed with renal failure and MS changed my life plans. Now I’m a mother of one, write for my own website, and travel with Disney Adventures and Disney Cruiseline. It’s not the life I dreamed of as a child but it’s my life and I am happy.
Learning to be flexible it key. When you are willing to change as your plans do you find you are happier. Maybe life doesn’t turn out the way we planned it but it can be a beautiful life just the same. We learn to appreciate what w have.
Have you seen Disney and Pixar’s Soul? What lessons did you take from it? What life lessons can you share from your own experience?
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