Pixar Life Lessons

11 Pixar Movies That Taught Us Life Lessons We Couldn't Learn In School

Possible spoilers but you should definitely see these movies!!

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If you grew up a Disney kid, or just a lover of animated films, you've heard of a little company called Pixar Animation Studios. Creator of iconic films such as "Toy Story," "Finding Nemo," and "The Incredibles." After rewatching the movies throughout the years, you can learn something from the story. Here are some of your favorite movies throughout the years!

1. "Ratatouille"

"Ratatouille" is the story about a rat, Remy, who dreams about being a chef one day. Throughout the movie, he faces many obstacles by family members and the other cooks in the kitchen of Gusteau's restaurant that believe that a rat cannot cook. The moral is that although people may tell you what you can and cannot do, you are the ultimate decision maker of what you want to do with your life. For Remy, it was his dream to cook.

2. "Inside Out"

"Inside Out" goes inside the mind of a young girl whose life has been practically perfect. Until her parents move from Minnesota to California. As this big change takes place, her emotions start to go haywire due to uncertainty, making new friends, and keeping. In this movie, you learn that it's perfectly normal not to be happy all the time. As someone who struggles with this daily, some of the bad moments can turn great. A good cry can turn into a touching moment. A moment of weakness can turn into a lesson worth learning.

This movie also teaches us the importance of mental health in its own way. Although this is a perfectly healthy little girl's mind, for someone struggling with depression or anxiety, this can allow some insight into the mind. It is okay to be accepting of your emotions. Embrace it and don't be afraid to share it.

3. "Toy Story 3"

This movie is the closer a perfect franchise (even though "Toy Story 4" is scheduled to come out in 2019). We see Andy as a young man ready to leave for college. His toys just want to be played with again. This story teaches us that change is hard and leaving someone who you've loved for years is sometimes the best thing for them. In the eyes of these toys, they get another chance to make a kid happy.

4. "UP"

You may know this as the movie that made you cry in the first ten minutes it started. "UP" is about an old man who lost his wife. With all the dreams they had, life got in the way. He wanted to pursue the adventure in her honor. By the end of the movie, you learn that no matter what you do in life, as long as it is with the person you love (partner, friend, family, etc.), it is always an adventure. Life gets crazy but it's who you spend it with that makes it count.

5. "Brave"

"Brave" is the story of a girl with crazy, wild red hair that just wants to be her own person without a man. The story is great for young girls but to anyone who just wants to do things their way. Her mother wants her to be the perfect princess for her future husband. She wants to keep her independence and do what she wants. It's okay to be independent and not always have your life together. You're young. You will figure it out in time.

6. "Coco"

If you haven't seen this movie, watch it! It's on Netflix (you're welcome) This movie is about family. You can't pick your family but no matter what, you still love them. Of course there are times when they may not get you but be proud of who you are. It is because of your family.

7. "The Incredibles"

I am only talking about the first one. The Parr family is one of a kind. You may find things that your family relates to, but I'm pretty sure none of your family members have immense flexibility. Dealing with super powers can be tricky, especially when it's illegal. But you should be proud of who you are, superhero or not. Embrace your strengths because it is what makes you, you.

8. "Wall-E"

You learn that anyone can fall in love, even two robots. The main lesson is to KEEP OUR EARTH CLEAN! We don't want to end up in space all fat and have robots do everything for us. Keep the earth green, my friends. REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE!!

9. "Monsters Inc."

You all remember the fears of thinking that there was a monster under your bed? Pixar took it to a whole new level, but it put a different light on some monsters like Mike and Sully. Lesson of the story: Don't judge book by its cover. They may look scary but they ultimately care to get back to wear she belongs.

10. "Finding Nemo"

Besides the lesson of not shutting your child out of the world because of your own fears, the other lesson is to just keep swimming! Life is unpredictable and you may have to deal with some difficult things. You may have to swallow your pride and deal with it. Either way, you have to just keep going.

11. "Toy Story"

Especially in this day of age, acceptance is super important. No matter what color skin you are, age, cowboy or space agent, accept everyone for who they are. For all the differences between you. Embrace it because they are still human beings.

Pixar never fails to bring the child out in all of us. Not only does it bring us great entertainment, but it teaches us important life lessons. Now if you will excuse me, I am going to binge-watch Pixar movies.

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When You Make A Girl An Aunt, You Change Her World In All The Best Ways

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest girl in the world.

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My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest person in the world.

I cannot wait to watch my precious nephew grow into the amazing person that I know he is going to be.

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The 2020 Election: The Democratic Party Part 1

We all have the duty of becoming politically conscious in order to wisely act on the crucial decision that lies ahead of us in the very near future. In this unbiased, multi-part series you'll be able to get a brief look into both the 2020 Democratic and Republican presidential candidates.

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The race for the 2020 presidential election is on the rise as 24 Democrats and 2 Republicans have been officially confirmed as potential candidates. Ranging from California to New York, we may recognize "big names" such as Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, however, it's important to get to know all the candidates in order to have a clear idea as to who you want to be leading the country for the next four years.

*Due to the high number of Democratic candidates, they will all be highlighted over the course of three articles throughout the coming weeks.

1. Joe Biden

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Serving as the Vice President alongside Barack Obama and former senator of Delaware, Joe Biden has already ran for president twice, making the 2020 election his third and what he considers, final time. Biden hopes to strengthen the middle class by raising the minimum wage to a more livable standard. He also hopes to restrict the purchase of guns through background checks as well as being in support of a ban on assault weapons.

2. Bernie Sanders

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Having served on both the House of Representatives and The Senate, Bernie Sanders has caught the attention of many Americans due to his push for universal healthcare with the idea that "All Americans are entitled to go to the doctor when they're sick and not go bankrupt after staying in the hospital." As well as making public secondary-education schools tuition-free in a mission to help lower student debt. Sanders believes in the threat of climate change as his campaign includes the future of passing a Green New Deal to move from fossil fuels to sustainable energy as well as ban fracking and fossil fuel infrastructure. Bernie Sanders additionally believes in abolishing the death penalty, reforming the police system, and ending the discrimination of applicants based on criminal history

3. Beto O'Rourke

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Beto O'Rourke has represented Texas in the House of Representatives from 2013 - 2019. He has a noteworthy platform towards business which includes increasing federal funding towards the Manufacturing Extension Partnership that would aid in creating competitiveness with America's small- and medium-sized manufacturers against global markets. O'Rourke also believes in the idea of increasing voter numbers no matter what the political party may be as well as help ex-convicts regain their right to vote after serving their sentences. In doing so, he plans to create more outreach to the younger generations by ensuring pre-voter registration for all 16 and 17 year olds. Moreover, Beto pushes for a change in creating new term limits for the US House, Senate, and Supreme Court.

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5. Elizabeth Warren

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Growing up in rural Oklahoma in a low-income home and eventually serving as a US senator for Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren is described as a progressive candidate who's campaign is working towards "universal childcare, student loan debt relief, and down payments on a Green New Deal and Medicare for All." Warren hopes to build the middle class up and defend unionized jobs by allowing 40% of board members to be elected through employees. Moreover, Warren is in favor of strengthening the military as well has bringing troops home from overseas, as well as banning private prisons and decriminalizing marijuana. She additionally has stated to end Washington corruption by banning lobbying along with preventing Senators and Congressman from trading stocks whilst in office.

6. Cory Booker

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Attending Stanford and later graduating from Yale Law School, Cory Booker became the first African-American U.S. Senator from New Jersey. Booker's main concern is to end gun violence, ban assault weapons, and bring his battle to the attention of the NRA to create "liberty for all." His 14-part plan includes creating a more extensive process to obtain a gun, one of which would including an FBI-issued background check as well as requiring "micro-stamping" on all guns to ensure the ability to trace back the source of ammunition used in crimes. Moreover, Americans seeking a gun license would have to apply for a 5-year license after which would require renewal. Booker has also proposed the idea of providing newborns with savings accounts that would accumulate until they reached 18. He states that this plan would help settle the gap between the classes by offering lower-income households a nest-egg averaging at about $46,000. He also aims to make contraceptives employer-covered and repeal the punishment for an abortion outside of incest, rape, or for the woman's health.

7. Kirsten Gillibrand

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From New York, Kristin Gillibrand became a US Senator in 2009, becoming the youngest person in the Senate at the time. Her 2020 platform includes creating universal healthcare for all that would cover both mental and reproductive health in addition to it's regular standards. Her stance on Medicare For All also stands for reducing the price of prescription drugs as well as aiding in the process of overcoming addiction. Gillibrand also aims to introduce postal banking which would allow those without checking accounts have the opportunity to take out small loans through their local post office. Moreover, she believes in not only the legalization of both medical and recreation marijuana, but in erasing all past convictions from it. Kristin Gillibrand stands with strengthening the middle class by raising the minimum wage to $15/hour, creating paid medical and parental leave for all Americans, and fighting for the right to form unions and protect worker's rights.

8. Amy Klobuchar

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