Article in brief: Disney films offer some wise life advice worth considering by adults.
Nowadays, many of us refrain from watching television as it has become packed with disturbing news. Obscurity lurks in every corner making us skeptical about everything and unsure about whom to trust.
To make matters worse, a conspiracy has been schemed against the average man in order to bring his downfall even faster. This conspiracy we must all be wary of comes in the form of a pint-sized earthling in a squeaky voice belting out Disney’s Frozen’s song “Let it go, let it goo”, loud enough to pierce one’s ears.
Yes dear reader, they are everywhere. Our fate rests with those children singing ‘Let It Go’ incessantly on television, on the radio, and all forms of social media. It is on an endless loop in different public places, escalating our irritability even further. Sometimes, I feel even mothers are in on this, every time they upload a video of their child dressed as Elsa singing ‘Let it go’. So charming it used to be in 2013, yet enter summer 2015 and we are still singing THAT song. I can no longer hear ‘Let It Go’ without furrowing my brows. And I wonder, when will people be ready to finally let go of ‘Let it Go’?
I was in the office the other day in the midst of a verbal brawl, when my colleague Omar tried to calm me down by saying: “Shurooq just let it go, just let go”. My immediate thought was: “Oh no, not you too. Enough with this annoying song!” What came after that was silence. It was then that I realized why that song struck a chord.
Like a movie on rewind, my mind rushed to incidents from my past. The time I fell on stage during a theatrical performance and its shame. The time I shouted racial comments and the guilt. Those many moments of social awkwardness and the embarrassment I felt. It all came back to me. The incidents surfaced to my memory and the emotions of shame, guilt and embarrassment overcame me.
Why was I still holding on? Why were these emotions so raw as if the incidents had happened yesterday? Could this ‘Let It Be’ song be a sign? Is this the solution?
In an over-analyzing world, people tend to hold on to emotions such as fear, anxiety and shame for far too long. They struggle to let go of the negative issues. This is why Disney’s ‘annoying’ song has a refreshing message. ‘Let it go’, comes to us as a remedy as opposed to the mainstream advice. Realizing that one must let go of things is the first step forward to dealing with dusty unresolved emotions.
It was in that moment of silence that I realized what great advice Elsa gave us. I knew right then and there the path I would tread on next, regardless of how I intended to undertake it. In the unforeseen future, I hope that I am able to properly let go of shame, guilt, and unnecessary drama. But for now, Frozen’s motto ‘Let It Go’ shall be my motto.
Shurooq, an Emarati from Dubai, has been on a journey of self-discovery ever since she shifted career from Science to humanitarian where she found joy. Her interests include traveling and foreign films. Shurooq’s column is influenced by those distinctive moments that give a deeper perspective on life.