Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Let It Go

“Let it go, let it go
Can't hold it back anymore
Let it go, let it go
Turn away and slam the door
I don't care
what they're going to say
Let the storm rage on.
The cold never bothered me anyway”

Let It Go – Idina Menzel

I finally only got around to seeing Frozen a couple of weekends ago, which is surprising given my love for cartoons, princesses and musicals. Frozen is meant to be the Disney movie for this generation, much like The Lion King was for my childhood. I loved the graphics in Frozen and I loved the themes of the story, particularly the ones about true love and facing fears – but I won’t go into it too much because I don’t want to spoil the plot for anyone who hasn’t seen it. I found the characters and storyline a bit ho hum though, and I much preferred Tangled than Frozen. However, if I was going to give this movie one thing to be a generation definer, it is the ballad of a song Let It Go.

In my previous post I wrote about taking what you can before it leaves you, and this write up is kind of a continuation of that. You see, once I had my one moment my life was going to give me and I had said goodbye, I had to do a bit a mental clean out. I had to let go because my time was done with this person and while that was tough to accept, I had to accept it for fear I would lament on it for months and never move on. It wasn’t always easy and every now and again I think of how things could have gone differently and sometimes even think “whyyyyyy did you leave me?!”. But for the most part I have let this aspect of my life go and moved on to new things.  

This is just one example of many things I have let go in my life – we could all name off many things we have successfully let go in our past, whether it be people, regrets, change, fear or disappointment. And while coming to terms with having to let something go can be quite tough, the feeling of letting go is so liberating. As Elsa says, once she has let go of holding back her power she can rise like the break of dawn, test limits and break boundaries, because you never quite know what you are capable of until you let go of what was holding you back.

It’s a bit of a cliché lesson this week but I think it’s one we need to constantly remind ourselves of. Sometimes when you feel stuck in a rut you have to decide what it is you need to let go in order to cleanse yourself of negativity. Frozen really portrays this message well and I really like that about the movie. I would urge you to watch it if you need a bit of a mental lift up. It’s not the only theme Frozen has (I also love the one about finding true love) but it’s the one that stuck with me the most and, as far as Disney movies go, it’s a pretty good one to relate to in real life.

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