If there’s one thing we learned from Dory after her first appearance in Finding Nemo, it was to just keep swimming when life gets you down. In fact, it’s Dory that really pushes the story and her friends forward. Dory’s unwavering resolve has also helped us in our own lives whenever we needed motivation. Let’s take a moment to celebrate every single time Dory inspired her friends and all of us, to just keep swimming:
1. Just keep swimming.
When Marlin loses the snorkel mask containing the address where Nemo was taken, he feels completely defeated. If it wasn’t for Dory telling him to just keep swimming, he probably would have gone home. Dory’s mantra ended up being the impetus that she and Marlin needed to find the mask with the famous address that led them to Nemo.
2. Just keep reading.
Dory’s ability to read is key—it’s how she knows where Nemo is: “P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney.” Further inspiration to read all the time (if you don’t already)!
3. Just keep repeating.
Dory’s repetition of the address in Sydney kept Nemo’s location fresh in her mind. This goes to show that if you state your goals out loud and often, you’ll be that much closer to achieving them.
4. Just keep bouncing.
When Dory encountered a field of jellyfish, did she give up? No, she and Marlin bounced their way out of there like champions. After, of course, Dory named the tiniest jellyfish of all Squishy, which we’ll never forget. Even though she might.
5. Just keep speaking whale.
Even when Marlin doubted Dory’s ability to speak whale, Dory still brought out her best whale dialect and saved them both. Dory’s persistently positive attitude inspires us to never give up.