Most of us have watched at least one or maybe all of the "Toy Story" series. You probably have learned a few lessons from these movies, even if you didn't immediately realize it. What did you really take back from them, though?
1. Don't judge a book by its cover.
After our encounter with The Prospector, Lotso made us believe that he actually was the soft, huggable, strawberry-smelling gentleman that cared about every toy. We usually think of the term, "Don't judge a book by its cover" as a phrase commonly used to describe someone we harshly judge before finding out they are sweet and innocent or faultless. Used for the opposite approach, Toy Story reveals to us that this phrase holds importance in truly getting to know someone fully before we make a judgment, good or bad.
2. Be a friend.
Buzz and Woody taught us that no friendship is perfect but that we should always have each other's backs through thick and thin. We may bicker and argue at some period of time through our friendship but being a friend means sticking together and lending a hand or shoulder when needed. Not just to our close friends, but anyone who we come in contact with.
3. We all get older.
It's a harsh reality, but it's the truth. We will get older and eventually we will rid ourselves of the things we used to do that made us happy when we were younger. Enjoy the moment because, believe it or not, where you are in your life right now is so much more satisfying than it will be five or 10 years down the road when you have to adult the right way.
4. Letting go is hard.
It can be heartbreaking to let go of something that you held on to for so long. A relationship, an opportunity, a prized possession, in some cases, a good book. In the end, we must realize that even though it's over, we can take comfort in the memories we gained or the lessons learned from them. It's not easy, but it is sometimes necessary in order to move forward.
5. You can do what you set your mind to.
You are the only person capable of telling yourself that you can't. Regardless of what anyone says, at the end of the day, you are the one who has to decide if you will allow it. Believe in yourself and who you are. Even if you shoot for the moon and land among the stars, you are still accomplishing. Be enthusiastic to do what you thought you never could. That way, the next time someone tells you that you're just a toy and you can't fly, you'll be prepared to prove them wrong.
6.You are braver than you know.
We have probably related to Rex at some point in our lives, if not still doing so. It's okay to be scared and anxious sometimes because only then are we able to realize the potential we can have for bravery. Whether it involves a big speech, making friends, taking charge, etc., we learn from Rex that a few nervous breakdowns a day are normal and only make us stronger when we finally learn how to overcome these situations.
7. Change can be good.
Finding out about Buzz's Spanish mode was so relevant in comparison to how we find out more about ourselves every day. It may shock us when we realize that we are slowly maturing to be the women/men we were called to be. Ultimately, the change is needed. We are able to find out our strengths, weaknesses, likes, dislikes, etc., and it pays off when we become proud of who we are becoming. Our friends and family will see it too and applaud us in our transformation.
"Toy Story," like most Disney and Pixar films, taught us some crucial life lessons that we are better for realizing today. A huge thanks to the series that has been around for over 20 years and left its mark on future kid films. You will not be forgotten by the '90s babies.