If you were lucky enough to grow up during the ‘90s, then you probably were in some part raised by Disney movies. Let’s take a look back on some of the life lessons we’ve learned from growing up watching our favorite ‘90s Disney characters:
You are not a prize to be won.
As Jasmine taught us, people are not prizes to be won. Look for others who celebrate you for more than your outward appearance or social status, and don’t forget to value yourself in the same way.
Karma is real.
Learn from Scar’s mistakes. If you treat people and things in an unsavory manner, eventually it will catch up to you, and usually the consequences aren’t too great.
Just because someone is different, it doesn’t mean they aren’t worthy of learning from.
If you don’t take the time to get to know people who live different lives than you do, you’ll never grow as a person, and you’ll miss out on some really great experiences.
Everyone starts somewhere.
Before Hercules was, well, Hercules, he was an awkward, slightly scrawny guy who didn’t know how to control his own strength. But with dedication and some help from Phil, Herc matures into the hero we all know and love. If you’re looking to improve something about yourself, you’re going to need to take the initiative and start somewhere. Change is hard work, but it’ll be worth your while.
You get as much out of life as you put into it.
As Laverne tells Quasimodo, “Life’s not a spectator sport. If watchin’ is all you’re gonna do then you’re gonna watch your life go by without ya.” So true.
Loyal friends are the greatest gift.
We love Mushu for many reasons—his humor, his enthusiasm, and his resourcefulness. But it’s Mushu’s loyalty to Mulan that really stands out. When Mulan’s friends and fellow soldiers desert her after learning of her true identity, Mushu consoles her and continues to stand by her. As Mushu said: “But don’t you worry, things will work out. We started this thing together, and that’s how we’ll finish it.” We love Mushu.
Beauty is found within.
It might be a tale as old as time (see what we did there?) but it’s worth reiterating.
Take the time to learn from your mistakes.
Iconic Rafiki quote that’s always relevant: “The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it.”
Do you have any favorite life lessons you’ve learned from ‘90s Disney movies? Let us know in the comments!