Check out this list of Disney movies and quotes that try to teach us how and when to follow our hearts. Disney is an expert in teaching us lessons on how to live our lives and if you’re looking for some Disney inspiration on how to “follow your own heart”, well, this is the right place. The general consensus tells us that humanity’s core is good and that if we follow our hearts, we will find that sweet spot between being selfishly infatuated with something and sacrificing everything to get it, as opposed to being naively compelled to save the world and sacrificing one’s self to do so. It almost seems that Disney’s core message in all of its media is “Follow Your Heart”. What do you think? Is following your heart always the right answer? Please leave your comments bellow, we would love a good conversation.
These movies teach us about leaving our comfort zones and fighting for our dreams while entertaining us with all we know on how to dazzle a film audience, check this list out, full of characters following their hearts and succeeding. Important you contrast what Disney teaches you with what experience teaches you, I’m sure, you will find a pattern.
Rapunzel’s ultimate dream was to see the floating lanterns, she had to disobey her mother and step out of her bubble full of comfort to chase that dream. She follows her heart and on her way she found something even better… her real family and identity alongside the love of her life.
“Venture outside your comfort zone. The rewards are worth it.” –Rapunzel (Tangled)
Mulan is about a young woman whose father is called to fight a war against her enemy. Her father is injured, so she uses her courage to dress up as a boy and fight in the war. In the end, she becomes one of the first feminine heroes of the world. She teaches a valuable a lesson on being brave, follow our hearts and instincts to protect our own no matter what.
“True to your heart … you must be true to your heart. That’s when the heavens will part.” — Mulan
Merida is the impetuous but courageous daughter of Scottish King Fergus and Queen Elinor. She is a skilled archer who wants to carve out her own path in life. Her defiance of an age-old tradition of getting married causes chaos in the kingdom. She even almost lost her family in her attempt of following her heart and building her own future. Merida discovered that sometimes following your heart also means taking care of the ones you love without losing your essence.
“You control your destiny — you don’t need magic to do it. And there are no magical shortcuts to solving your problems.” — Merida (Brave)
Dory is a blue fish who suffers from memory loss every 10 seconds. The one thing she can remember is that she somehow became separated from her parents as a child. It was really hard for Dory to follow her mind, but the one thing that kept her going was the memory she kept in her heart. Finding Dory is a great movie that teaches that sometimes our heart can lead us to our destiny even if our minds don’t work right.
“When life gets you down, you know what you gotta do? Just keep swimming.”- Dory
This movie is all about following your heart and following it in a romantic way. We all know the story, Pocahontas and Capt. John Smith fell in love but her father Chief Powhatan disapproves of their relationship and wants her to marry a native warrior. She seeks for her Grandmother’s Willow help and finds encouragement to follow her heart. The love Pocahontas and Capt. Smith have for each other ends up saving the lives of Pocahontas’ entire tribe. Sometimes following our hearts can save more people than just ourselves.
“Listen with your heart; you will understand. Let it break upon you like a wave upon the sand.” —Grandmother Willow
The Lion King
Sometimes life seems so difficult we believe following our heart means Hakuna Matata, living without any responsibilities and just enjoy, but the heart is not all about enjoying but also having courage and fight for what belongs to us. This is exactly what happened to Simba, he followed his heart the moment he realized that he had to leave his comfort zone, confront his pain and go back to his homeland to face Scar, the murderer of his father. He went and took his kingdom back. What a lesson!
“Simba you have forgotten me. You have forgotten who you are and so forgotten me. Look inside yourself Simba, you are more than what you have become, you must take your place in the circle of life. Remember who you are… remember…” –Mufasa
At first all that Hercules wanted was to be recognized, admired and adored. But he didn’t become a real hero until he decided to lay down his life to save the girl he loved, Meg. He even gave up The Olympus and being a god to be with her. Meg also learned to put down her walls and let a man in, following her heart after being heartbroken. This movie shows us the power of real love.
“A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart.” — Zeus (Hercules)
Following your heart usually means following your instincts and in Tarzan’s case it was all about staying true to his family in the jungle in spite of wanting to follow his human side and going to London with Jane. He stayed and saved the ones who gave him love and a home all of his life. Jane also followed her heart by choosing to stay with Tarzan in the jungle, she loved Tarzan and life in the jungle so she gave up everything to stay true to what she really wanted.
“Trust your heart and let fate decide“- Tarzan
The Princess and the Frog
Tiana is hardworking and ambitious and dreams of one day opening the finest restaurant in New Orleans. She meets Prince Naveen who changes her plans and her dream. Tiana had to follow her heart and give up her ultimate dream to save the life of the prince. Because she followed her heart, she ended up with something even better than she ever dreamt of, Tiana opened her heart to love and ended up winning.
“I don’t believe in anything but myself… but then you opened the door and now I’m starting to believe in something else” –Tiana
Moana is one of the best examples if you want inspiration to follow your heart, she had a calling for the ocean, and all her family against her dream, but all she needed was to follow her heart and believe she was born to save her people. With the encouragement and example of her grandmother she found her purpose in life while she learned to follow her heart.
“You may hear a voice inside, and if that voice starts to whisper to follow the farthest star…Moana, that voice inside is who you are”-Grandma Tala