Disney films, while entertaining, heartwarming, and lovely as they are, also come with a profound weight that only storytelling can give. They give a message that comes with a slice of human experience and reminder of “No Worries,” “Keep Moving Forward,” “You’ve got a friend in me,” and my favorite, “Just Keep Swimming.”
Dory, Finding Nemo‘s favorite absent minded fish, easily brought my favorite quote to life and something I have carried with me since the summer of the film’s release.
Life can be overwhelming at times. Sometimes we succeed. Sometimes we fall short of our own glory. There are good days and there are bad days.
As the years have gone on I would like to think with my age, so comes wisdom. Little life lessons start to trickle in, the pieces of our life’s puzzle starts to come together, and everything becomes a little more clear.
July has been a strange month for me. I completely fell out of my daily routine. My wellness coaching fell by the wayside, I neglected my own fitness goals, and a trip to San Diego Comic Con made the rest of the world melt away. I was presented with a work opportunity that would drastically change the direction of my life. It was an opportunity I wasn’t sure I could walk away from. As a result, the structure of my life started to fall into question. I started to look around and reevaluated… EVERYTHING. For those whom do not know me, I have a lot of anxiety. This anxiety rears it’s ugly head in the midst of uncertainty. I think about the worse case scenario as if it has already come into fruition. It is completely debilitating, making it impossible to make any proactive choices in life… much less feel confident in those choices.
Then I took a step back from myself. I found two sayings to be overwhelming helpful as I started to put everything back together:
“Take it one day at a time.”
“Remember, if you hear hoof clops behind you, it’s probably a horse and not a zebra.”
Most of the things that we stress about, none of them actually happen. To worry, is a sincere misuse of your vast, complicated, and beautiful imagination. Taking that step back was the best thing I ever did. I can now see what is in front on me and what to do about it. I remembered that I had taken this direction in my life for a very specific reason. Those reasons have not changed. Deep down I’m the same person who has the same needs. I want to help people. I want to live a healthy, happy, active, lifestyle and teach others how to do the same. I want to empower those who do not see the power within themselves.
Life is vast, strange, complicated and yet utterly simple. More than anything, it’s beautiful. I tend to forget that in the middle of confusing times, clarity is not far behind. You can’t get a rainbow without a little rain, right?
The point is to keep going. Just keep swimming.