As I continue my journey of catching up on movies, I recently watched Moana and was blown away by the stunning hair animations. While I initially chose the movie because of the impressive visuals, I was pleasantly surprised by the compelling story and its ability to inspire introspection. Moana’s journey made me question my own life and the choices I was making, and I found myself asking why I was doing things that didn’t bring me joy and fulfillment.
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TLDR: Story Plot
A young girl named Moana lived on an island where it became clear that their resources were dangerously dwindling. The crops were failing, and they were unable to catch fish, and their island was cursed. Things were not looking good. Moana suggested traveling outside the island, but her father was strongly against it due to tradition.
Despite this, Moana, being the adventurous young lady she is, decided to leave the island in an attempt to save her people. In order to do so, she must find a demigod and have him reverse the curse. She has a thrilling adventure, during which she corrects past wrongs, and ultimately learns about herself and the importance of being true to herself. This is the true message of the movie.
Why Are You Doing It?
Moana’s situation is a common one. As we grow up, we often adopt the beliefs of those around us, from the clothes we wear and the products we use, to even the religion we practice. Some people continue doing things the way they have always been done without questioning why.
But it’s important to ask ourselves why we are doing things. Are you a lawyer because you love practicing law, or because your parents said no when you wanted to be an artist? Do you practice a certain religion because you believe in it, or because you were taught to do so?
It’s healthy to question things and step outside our comfort zone to explore. This is what Moana did. She was told no one should leave the island, but she knew in her heart that wasn’t the best decision. She didn’t let fear stop her from doing what she felt was right, and in the end, she was right. Even if she had been wrong, it would have been a valuable learning experience.
As I watched Moana, I realized that this movie also had a moral lesson that I needed to hear. It’s important to think critically about our actions and make sure we are staying true to ourselves.
As we continue to recover from the events of 2020, now is a good time to check in with ourselves and assess our happiness. Ask yourself:
- Do you enjoy your job?
- Are you happy in your relationship?
- Do you like where you live?
- Do you love yourself?
If you answered no to any of these questions, it may be time to start planning for ways to increase your happiness. Take some time to reflect on what changes you can make in your life to bring more joy and fulfillment.
If you have always wanted to be an artist but are currently practicing law, consider saving up to make a career change. If you have fallen out of love with your significant other, try to fix the relationship or end it. The right person cannot come into your life if you stay with the wrong one. Remove or resolve the things that cause you anxiety and fear, and work on building your self-confidence. Try new things and don’t be afraid to make decisions that make you happy, even if they don’t align with what others want for you.
It’s possible that some people may not agree with your decisions, and you may have avoided making them because of this. While you may want certain people to share your journey closely with you, it may not be best for everyone. If they become angry or disappointed in you, it may be an opportunity to attract like-minded people who respect your right to make decisions that bring you happiness, even if they don’t agree with them.
It’s not too late to make positive changes in your life. Take the steps to pursue your passions and happiness. Don’t let fear or the opinions of others hold you back. Do it!