Discovering Who You Are
Let’s talk about my favorite Disney movie: Moana.
Moana’s an amazing story because for anyone who’s ever experienced high expectations on their lives (be that the son of a pastor or the daughter of a politician), it’s incredibly relatable.
In her teen years, Moana’s trying to simply find her place in this world and see where she fits in, but she’s having quite a bit of trouble as she realizes she can’t get herself to just settle for everyone else’s expectations of her. Being the daughter of the village chief, and the only heir to leadership, she knows that there is a burden on her life to step up and eventually lead her tribe after her father’s gone. She knows she has a duty to perform and a responsibility that’s waiting to be placed on her, but it doesn’t yet add up.
Then she goes on a crazy adventure involving her grandmother and discovers that her ancestors were actually voyagers, and settling down — as the rest of her tribe would want her to do — would be to go against her very own DNA. There comes a point where she finally discovers who she was always meant to be, along with her specific calling and her role in the lives of her people; she sings a song (“I am Moana”) where she finally gets it, and from there she is free to work towards the goal of leading her people and taking them back to their ancestral roots of being voyagers once more.
I love this story because it’s something that I believe just about everyone destined for greatness (be it of their own desire or the expectations of their parents) goes through: just because others might know what their calling and purpose in life is, they still have to go through a process of finally learning for themselves who they are, and what they were made to do, whether that’s in line with everybody’s expectations of them or not.
While I think the idea of “losing yourself” only to have to “find yourself” again is kind of iffy, I do believe that once people discover who they were created to be, they will have a whole different sense of purpose that’ll help propel them forward through whatever may come their way. Let’s aim for that.
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