10 Life Lessons From "Finding Dory"

10 Life Lessons From "Finding Dory"


This past weekend, Pixar's "Finding Dory" was released in theaters, a full 13 years since the release of it's prequel, "Finding Nemo." Nineties babies have been waiting for this movie for years, and it's finally here. "Finding Dory" bring us '90s babies back to our childhood, while also reinstating some valuable life lessons. Audiences of every age can learn a lot from the characters and plot, such as:

1. Family is home.

Dory desperately wants to find her parents, and by doing so, she wants to find her home. Family is home. You do not necessarily have to retrace steps to the location of where you used to live to feel home; in fact, that will leave you unsatisfied. Instead, if you're looking for Home, you've got to find the family members who mean the most to you.

2. Disabilities do not define your entire existence.

Maybe you prefer being alone over being with others, or maybe you worry about everything. That's okay. But you do not always have to be that way; you can get out of your comfort zone and try new things. If you prefer being alone, but then make a great friend, you may find yourself preferring company over being lonely. Who knows?

3. Sometimes, snapping at someone and being mean can lead to a negative outcome.

Maybe you shouldn't reveal all the negative things that come to mind when you think of your friend. Saying what you feel in a time of anger and distress could lead to a reaction you would never want in a million years. It could lead to hurt, confusion, conflict, etc., and that's not something you want.

4. You can fix wrongdoings.

Yes, we all slip up and make mistakes, but if you really want to fix what you said or what you did, there is a way. Don't give up.

5. There is always another way.

When you're in a bad situation, or when you feel trapped and don't know the way to get out, take a break from evaluation and look at your surroundings. Watch what is going on in your life, or in the environment you are in. Soon enough, you'll think of an idea of how to get out of this sticky situation, and you'll do so without overthinking it.

6. Sometimes you need to ask yourself, "What would Dory do?"

Yes, Dory is a fish. However, she symbolizes so much more than that. Her personality and her overall being was created to motivate and inspire audiences. Dory, despite her short-term memory loss disability, does amazing things. She makes her way from Marlin and Nemo's home all the way to the the jewel of Morro Bay California because of her determination. She gets herself out of the toughing table at the kid zone exhibit (where kids touch and grab the fish in the tank). Everything she accomplishes on her own is because of her unique Dory mindset, a mindset we could all learn something from.

7. You can do anything you set your mind to.

We learn this lesson from a lot of characters and from a lot of people, but I am so glad it was reinstated in this film. As long as you put your heart and soul into something, and you do everything you can to make sure it will happen, you can accomplish whatever you want. You can prove that your disability does not limit you by doing something passed your limitations. You can find your parents after years and years of being apart.

8. You will never be lost forever.

No matter how long you have been lost, or how terrible it feels, you will get out of this slump. You will find the people, the feelings, or the life that you missed. You won't remain in a lost-state for the rest of your life. Things will be okay as long as you don't give up.

9. The importance of rescue, rehabilitate, and release.

In the movie, this is a common saying. This theme is very important, as it applies to both human interaction with animals and with each other. By taking animals home or placing them in exhibits, you are removing them from their family and/or home environment. Yes, they can make more friends who can become family-like, but their life will never be the same. Hence the important of rehabilitation and release after the rescue. This also applies to human interaction. If someone you love is in a dark place, rescue them from their thoughts. Rehabilitate their mindset and teach them the better way to think/act in a depressing, sad, or infuriating situation. Then, after you help make a positive change, release them and let them free. Let them feel independent and strong.

10. People with disabilities should have some independence and be trusted to make decisions of their own.

Towards the end of the movie, Dory wants to venture off to see the beautiful view in the ocean. Marlin doesn't trust her to be able to do so alone, so he follows her. He thinks he's being sneaky, but Dory knows he is there.

Dory proves that she can make a decision for herself, and that she can accomplish it successfully, without getting lost or being forgetful. This is powerful because often we assume that caregivers, parents, and friends know what is best for our family members with disabilities. We assume we know what is healthy, fun, and helpful, without giving them the chance to speak their mind on what they want to do or don't want to do. It's unfair to control everything in someone else's life.

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9 Eligible Princes You Need To Know About Now That Prince Harry Is Off The Market

You too could have a Meghan Markle fairytale

Prince Harry's royal wedding is officially over and there won't be another British royal wedding for quite some time now, as Prince George is way too young to start thinking about that. Fortunately, there are plenty of other countries with plenty of other princes that are still eligible bachelors at the moment. Lucky for you, I did my research and compiled a list of all the eligible princes you need to know about know that Prince Harry has tied the knot with Meghan Markle.

1. Prince Louis of Luxembourg (31)

Prince Louis is the third son of the Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg. He has recently become a bachelor again after his separation with his wife of 10 years, Princess Tessy.

Fun Fact: He graduated from Richmond, The American International University of London with a BA in Communications. He can also speak Luxembourgish (the fact that's even a language is fun fact by itself), French, German, and English fluently.

2. Prince Sebastien of Luxembourg (26)

Prince Sebastien is the youngest child of the Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg, so if you marry him, you'll probably never actually be queen because he's pretty far removed from the throne. However, he's relatively young and single, so best of luck.

Fun Fact: For some bizarre reason, this prince actually went to college in Ohio. He played rugby and graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2015. Now, he is back in his home country and is an officer in the Luxembourg Army.

3. Prince Phillipos of Greece and Denmark (34)

You read that correctly, Prince Phillipos is the prince of not one, but two countries. He is the youngest son of King Constantine and Queen Anne Marie of Greece and Denmark. Unfortunately, Greece abolished their monarchy, so he's a prince in name only there.

Fun Fact: Like Prince Sebastien, Prince Phillipos also went to college in the United States. He earned his B.A. in foreign relations from Georgetown University in 2008. Fortunately, for us American girls, he is actually still living in the US and he works in New York City as an analyst at Ortelius Capital.

4. Prince Albert of Thurn and Taxis (34)

Ever heard of Thurn and Taxis? No? Me neither. Anyways, Prince Albert is from the House of Thurn and Taxis, which is essentially a very old German aristocratic family. He is the son of Prince Johannes XI of Thurn and Taxis and Countess Gloria of Schonburg Glauchau. His family is well known for their breweries and castles, so unless you're gluten-free, you can't really complain.

Fun Fact: He's not just a prince. He's also a racecar driver and 10 years ago he was ranked 11th on Forbes Magazine's List of The 20 Hottest Young Royals.

5. Prince Mateen of Brunei (26)

Prince Mateen is basically like all the guys you already know, except he's royalty. He's the prince of Brunei, which is a small country on the island of Borneo, south of Vietnam. He is one of the five sons of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, and he also has seven sisters. Maybe that's a little different than the guys you know, but one thing he takes very seriously, just like most frat guys, is his Instagram.

Fun Fact: Mateen enjoys playing polo, flying in his private plane, cuddling cute wild animals, and keeping up his Insta game with 890k followers. You can follow him @tmski.

6. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai (35)

Sheikh Hamdan also has a killer Instagram with 6.3 million followers. Anyways, Sheikh Hamdan is the billionaire crown prince of Dubai and the second son of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and essentially the king of Dubai (Emir). He's actually next in line for the throne because his older brother died in 2015.

Fun Fact: Hamdan's hobbies include skydiving, zip lining, and diving, just to name a few, so if you're an adrenaline junkie, Sheikh Hamdan is the prince for you.

7. Prince Hussein of Jordan (23)

Prince Hussain is the son of the extremely beautiful, Queen Rania and Abdullah II of Jordan and next in line for the Jordanian throne. At 23, he's already a second lieutenant in the Jordanian Armed Forces and he was the youngest person ever to chair a UN Security Council Meeting

Fun Fact: Like Prince Phillippos, Prince Hussain also graduated from Georgetown University in Washington D.C.. Also, like Prince Mateen and Prince Hamdan, he's Insta famous with 1.3 million followers and you can follow him @alhusseinjo.

8. Prince Constantine-Alexios of Greece and Denmark (19)

Like Prince Phillipos, Prince Constantine-Alexios also has two countries. Lucky for us though, he is also living in the US right now attending Georgetown University in Washington D.C. (like pretty much every other prince, amirite?) He is the oldest son of Crown Princess Marie-Chantal and Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece.

Fun Fact: He's Prince William's godson, so that's pretty neat. However, if that wasn't cool enough, you might like to know that this Greek/Danish prince was actually born in New York. Oh yeah, you can also follow him on Instagram @alexiosgreece where he has 88.7k followers.

9. Prince Joachim of Belgium (26)

Prince Joachim of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este is the third child of Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este and Princess Astrid of Belgium. Although he bears the title, "Prince of Belgium," he is also Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Royal of Hungary and Bohemia, and Prince of Modena. Unfortunately, he'll probably never actually be king in any of these countries as he is ninth in line to the Belgian throne.

Fun Fact: Prince Joachim has degrees in economics, management, and finance, but he decided to join the Nautical School in Brugge after completing college and is currently an officer in the Belgian Navy.

Hope is not lost for all you girls dreaming of finding a Prince Charming that's literally a prince. After reviewing the data, my best advice is to transfer to Georgetown where princes are basically around every corner.

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Summer Depression Is A Real Malady, Just Ask Any Young Adult

Since summer seems analogous to sublime happiness, when you don't feel elated you automatically assume something is wrong.


Driving from Pasadena to West LA along Beverly Glen, on the eve of summer (for UCLA students) an odd melancholy washed over me. Each year summer rolls around, I can't help but feel this bittersweet anxiety that nestles itself in my chest and pokes its head every once in awhile. As I drove, windows down, radio on, I contemplated the whereabouts of this angst: Where lay its root?

As if by fate (a concept I firmly believe in), "summer depression" by girl in red queued up and I couldn't help but smile to myself, a poetic coincidence.

The song sang my thoughts better than I could have spoken them: "Summer depression, there's so much time to question my life." When you're a student, you're used to never ending deadlines and minimal free time.

When summer resumes, all the youths who are so accustomed to constantly being busy are suddenly struck by no set schedule.

Some fill the time with travel, or work, or other activities, but, for many, the underlying anxiety remains.

This is due in part to the expectation that summertime is meant to be filled with adventure, excitement, happiness and relaxation.

So when one becomes bored or, on the other end, realizes she's working her summer away, "summer depression" kicks in.

It doesn't help that social media makes it seem like everyone and their mother is partying from dusk 'til dawn in Ibiza or building hospitals in Western Africa.

We spend all school year waiting for summer, only to be disappointed when are expectations aren't meant: hence summer depression.

To make matters worse, since summer seems analogous to sublime happiness, when you don't feel elated you automatically assume something is wrong.

The fact of the matter is—summer is just like any other time of year. It's totally fine if it's no more exciting, or less exciting, than every other part of the year. The regular fluctuation of emotions associated with daily life are totally normal as well, even in the summertime.

There's no necessity for fancy excursions or copious amounts of time relaxing. It may be cool to have a kick-ass internship in New York city, but it doesn't mean your summer is any less simply because you're working at a cafe in Westwood.

Summer is what you make it, just like spring, fall, and winter. The only thing of importance is to try to enjoy your time.

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