7 Things Disney Taught Me

7 Things Disney Taught Me

Let's be real, what hasn't Disney taught me?

Let’s be real, what hasn’t Disney taught me? Whenever life seems to go anything but my way, and the tears are overbearing compared to the smiles, I turn to Disney as my guide, my shelter, my safety net. Since we all have those days, I figured I should share with you seven of the most important lessons my Disney pals have taught me.

1.Stitch taught me that family means everything. Through all of the good times, and the bad, family never leaves, and they are right by your side no matter what life brings. As he said himself, “Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten”. Life is filled with an endless abundance of change, but within it all lies family, the one constant in my life that I know will never let me down, and will pick me up whenever I fall.

2.Cinderella taught me that dreams really do come true, no matter who you are. One day you may feel worthless, sitting on the ground scrubbing the floors and sweeping all the dust away, but it is just temporary. If you put your mind to it, anything is possible, and if you believe in yourself enough, you can do whatever you desire. With a little help of our own fairy godmothers, we can attend the ball wearing a beautiful gown instead of spending our days regrettably in our rags cleaning the shelves.

3.Woody and Buzz taught me the importance of friendship. Life is so much easier with a friend by your side. Friendship makes the bad days more bearable and the good days even more enjoyable. Friends never give up on each other, and just like Woody never left Buzz, I’ve learned that the good friends never leave either. It is just as important to be a friend as it is to have a friend. Being able to reciprocate love and acceptance for one another is one of the most important things in a friendship. Just like was said between the iconic duo, it is important that some of you know, “You've got a friend in me”, and you always will, no matter where life takes us, or how many miles exist between us.

4. Eeyore taught me that it is okay to have a bad day. Life is not always sunshine and rainbows, in fact it rarely is that. Once in a while, it all gets too much, and it seems there is nothing else left to do but cry and wallow in your own tears for just a little while. Everyone around you is saying, “Be happy”, “Try and smile”, “Don’t worry about it so much”, and you want so badly to be left alone, or tell them that you want to be happy, you don’t enjoy feeling this way. People make you feel like having a bad day is wrong, and being sad is unacceptable. But Eeyore, he showed me that there is no use in pretending be happy. If you are sad, just be sad, and then find a way to be happy again. Eeyore is lucky to be surrounded by friends who still invite him on their daly adventures even though he is sad, and he taught me how important it is to find those people and keep them in your life.

5. Dory taught me not to give up, and to just “keep on swimming”. Life throws things at us during the most inconvenient times, but we must not let that hold us back from moving forward. The water will be rough, but then it will be calm, and through it all, just like Dory, we need to keep going, putting our best gill forward. Sometimes, when all I feel like doing is giving up, I remember what Dory has taught me, and I keep going, I fight whatever seems to be holding me back, and I do whatever makes me happy.

6. Goofy taught me that sometimes you just need a good laugh. It has always been a flaw of mine to take everything I do way too seriously. Goofy always reminds me that sometimes we need to realize that life is too short to be taken so seriously, and laughter is necessary to a happy life. When you laugh and take a minute to enjoy the world around you rather than rushing through it worry about every little thing, you are able to enjoy yourself and the ones you love much more. Why take life so seriously and be adultish when you can laugh and be young forever?

7. Ariel taught me that expectations are often times unrealistic, and it is better to let go of those expectations and be your own person. She also taught me that we are learning new things everyday, and there will be some things that take longer to understand than others. Her friend Sebastian tries to convince her that the human world is just a mess, and she is better off staying down under the sea instead. Ignoring this, Ariel decides she wants to experience the mess. We all experience people trying to convince us that we are better off staying within the limits of our comfort zones, and just like Ariel did, I hope that you join me in choosing to go beyond what you know, and allow yourself to learn new things, because you never know what you may find or the happiness it may bring you.

I hope that my Disney pals helped you just as much as they have helped me, and most of all, I hope you have a very magical day.

Xoxo, Your Fellow Disnerd

Cover Image Credit: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/20/Disneyworld_fireworks_-_0219.jpg

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

Cover Image Credit: Chicago Tribune

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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