Stephanie Ashe
April 14, 2016 8:53 am
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Like any good millennial, I grew up on Disney movies, or as I like to call them, “the greatest films ever created.” They taught me about friendship, betrayal, love, loss, and that somewhere in Paris a group of alley cats are having a jazz party at this exact moment. The songs made me cry. The endings warmed my heart.

There are very few situations that a little Disney can’t make better. In fact, I can’t really think of any right now. From theme parks, to movies, to songs, their creations have given me some of the happiest memories I have. In fact, I always keep a few Disney quotes in my back pocket to help me get through tough times, and I’m going to share them with you. Because we all need a little more Hakuna Matata in our lives.

When your past was not so perfect:

“Oh yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it.” — Rafiki, The Lion King

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When you want to give up:

“Just keep swimming.” — Dory, Finding Nemo

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When your family is driving you crazy, but you have to love them anyway:

“’Ohana’ means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.” — Lilo, Lilo and Stitch

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When you’re impatiently waiting for something:

“Even miracles take a little time.” — Fairy Godmother, Cinderella

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When your anxiety is taking over:

“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” — Emperor of China, Mulan

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When you’re scared of the future:

“If you’re scared, just be scarier than whatever’s scaring you.” — Thumper, Bambi

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When you’re sad about moving away:

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” — Winnie the Pooh, The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

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When your job sucks, and Friday is so far away:

“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and – SNAP – the job’s a game!” — Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins

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When you feel insecure:

“You’re braver than you believe and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.” — Christopher Robin, The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

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When you feel like people are doubting you:

“You must never let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul.” — Gusteau, Ratatouille

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Walt Disney built a world of fun and imagination that we’ll all be enjoying for decades to come, and it all started with a single mouse. The idea that nothing is impossible and any dream you have is within your reach is the most important lesson he could have ever taught us. So in the words of Walt, remember,“All of our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”

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