A 20-Year-Old's Love For Disney Explained

A 20-Year-Old's Love For Disney Explained

I will never be too old for Disney, and Disney will never be too old for me.
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My very first trip to Walt Disney World was in November of 1997 when I was just 11 months old. I don't remember a single detail of that vacation, and I only have pictures and my parents recollections to remind me. About two dozen or so trips later, the way that I feel about the Happiest Place on Earth has not changed. Every time I tell my friends that I am returning to Disney for another trip, I get the usual response alone the lines of, "You have been so many times, don't you ever get tired of going?"

The answer is no. I never get tired of going back, and I honestly do not think that I will out grow my love for the magical place. Every experience is new, different and exciting. I have memories of being deathly afraid of rides as a child and then finally enjoying them as a teenager. The food that I associate with some of the most delightful times of my childhood are still at the forefront of my cravings. Giggles and smiles have been replaced by happy tears and soft sobs while watching the fireworks.

I have memories of going to Disney when my parents were still together, and I can recall the times that I went after they separated. Instead of believing in the fairytales as a child because I didn't know any better, I get to choose to believe now. I have been for the treats of Halloween, the fake bubble snow of Christmas, and during the miserable heat of summer. No matter what, every single time that I enter Mainstreet USA, that castle takes my breath away. The familiar sights, sounds, and smells make me feel at ease.

Now as a 20-year-old I understand the impact that Disney has had on my life. My biggest dream at the moment is to be accepted into the Disney College Program internship. I have been rejected twice within the past 6 months, but I am still applying. Do you want to know why? Because Disney that taught me to always believe in my dreams. Even Walt Disney himself said,

"All of our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."

I am confident in my abilities to do anything because Mulan was. I accept all kinds of people because Belle was able to look past it in the Beast. I know not to be afraid of my insecurities because Elsa learned thats what made her unique.

Soon I will be able to take my future children to Disney World for the first time. I am excited to see the looks on their faces when they meet their favorite characters. The pictures, videos, and memories will be cherished forever. I cannot wait to share with them the same feelings that I had as a kid. There is no feeling more magical than being surrounded by joy. I will never be too old for Disney, and Disney will never be too old for me.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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Recent debates have come to light and it's time to set the record straight: Crocs are the superior shoe.

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They say April showers bring May flowers, but May actually has brought storms with rain equivalents feeling like a tsunami. Nothing ruins a day faster than wet socks and soggy shoes as you hike uphill to class and start your day. Crocs are made of supreme rubber material that hinders any challenge the rain could present. To make things even better, once it's time to dry your shoes off from the rain Crocs rise to the challenge and dry off in a jiffy, making them ready to wear again at any moment.

3. Crocs Offer Convenient Sports Mode

Some might argue that Crocs aren't the most reliable fashion statement because of the exposed heel. After all, how would you run through the summer with an exposed heel? Thank goodness for sports mode. Kick your Croc clogs into action by switching the front facing band into the down and locked position. Spots mode is the solution to all your problems.

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In these trying times, self expression comes in so many forms and is so vital to our daily lives. Croc offer a wide variety of styles and colors that are bound to suit the needs of any individual. School colors, family matching, his and hers, even sparkly white crocs for your wedding day. There is no limit to the color Crocs can sport, and even better, they will match every outfit.

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