What Ariel Taught Our Family About Following Your Passion

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This post is sponsored by Disney’s Find Your Voice contest. Visit the official contest site to see how you can use your voice to win a trip to LA for a VIP experience and other great prizes!

The Little Mermaid is one of my favorite Disney Movies ever. I saw it when I was a young girl and loved it so much I had to see it three times. I even saw it in Hebrew, while living alone in Israel as a teenager. It struck me, even at a young age, how this film connected with people everywhere.

What is it about Ariel that we can all relate to? Little girls, old women, people of every age…

There’s a certain “seeking spirit” that we all have. We want to discover who we are and not have this dictated to us. Ariel isn’t about to let a lack of legs stop her from achieving her dream of walking on land! And don’t even think of telling her what she can and cannot do!

This soul seeking may peak in teen years but it doesn’t always stop there. I should know!

The thing I share with Ariel is a stubborn streak. It’s caused me to rebel on more than one occasion — often against the advice of my parents. They wanted the best for me, but this often meant what they thought was best — for me to do the things I was good at and the things that came easily to me, along the things that kept me close to home. I totally get this as a parent myself. We all want to protect our kids and keep them safe from the hurt of the unfamiliar!

I sometimes have to force myself to temper my initial instinct to protect my kids. Sometimes it’s not about your skill or training. Sometimes it’s really about your passion and your drive — your enthusiasm.

photo 2My daughter Marly has always been an Ariel fan too. It’s no surprise that she was Ariel for Halloween at least twice when she was little!

Marly has always amazed and inspired me with her ability to turn a crowd of strangers into a crowd of admirers. Her enthusiasm is contagious! She is not afraid of trying something new and acting silly. Her willingness to put herself out there in a positive fashion makes her a natural leader and a natural success. Even though she might not necessarily be a candidate for The Voice, she shines when she gets on stage because of her passion. Her enthusiasm often trumps the raw material of talent. Don’t tell her what she cannot do!

As much as I’d like to keep her close and stop her from getting hurt in life, I’d also like to encourage her to find her voice. What I want for her is to boldly go forth and do the things she feels passionate about. And not just what feels easy or what other people tell her she is good at. I want her to do the things she truly enjoys, and do them with passion because to me, that is what finding your voice is really about!

Check out Marley here performing “Under the Sea” with all of her usual enthusiasm! And make sure to enter Disney “Find Your Voice” contest for your chance to share your voice!

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