Dear Oli, Lu & WD
I recently watched a film upon the recommendation of a friend.
Here’s the thing. I wasn’t planning on enjoying it. I’m not an Angelina Jolie fan and I don’t enjoy dark fantasy films. The film about the villain that cast a spell on Sleeping Beauty, the vengeful fairy that no-one ever took the time to understand,
Maleficent, a quick synopsis:
A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal – an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces a battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom – and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well. Written by Walt Disney Pictures
The lessons to be learned:
Try new things
As mentioned above. I wasn’t going to make an effort to watch the film and if it had not been a friend I trusted, I probably never would have watched / enjoyed the film.
Try new things, even when you don’t expect to like them.
How we deal with betrayal and disappointment has a massive impact on our lives.
Maleficent cast a spell that was near impossible to break. At the time anger and disappointment clouded her vision and because of it, the direction of her future changed drastically and not for the better.
We need to learn how to deal with these emotions. Feel them and work through them without making harsh decisions that could have a lifelong impact.
Opening up the walls in our hearts
It’s never easy to open up and allow others into the deepest part of our hearts, especially when we’ve been hurt. But here’s the thing — if we don’t we will never really fully live!
We need to work through all the stages of hurt and anger, to allow it to form and develop us. By going through the healing process we will get to a place where we’re confident enough to [bit by bit] open up again. It takes time. And it is worth it.
Finding joy in the unexpected
Maleficent never bargained on finding love or becoming Aurora’s (played by Elle Fanning) fairy Godmother. Sometimes life will present us with an unexpected gift – look out for them. Embrace them and enjoy them!
We all need a helping hand
The crow became Maleficent’s right hand when she no longer had her wings. We all need a helping hand along the way and there is no shame in asking for help.
As a side-note, remember to be a helping hand to others around you on your journey!
The pursuit of fame and fortune
The pursuit of fame and fortune will leads to a fearful existence and imprisonment. There are more important things in life. You chose who you become.
Pursue the things that will stimulate you, be as sweet and passionate as you are and make a difference in the world around you.
Another side-note: be prepared to WORK for it! The reward is so much sweeter when you know you have worked for it!
Own up and fix your own mistakes [despite the cost]
Maleficent knew she stuffed up! She kept trying to fix the mistake and in the end it nearly killed her to walk into the castle and fix her mistakes.
We all make mistakes. And that is okay, let’s own up to them, apologies, fix and mend, where we can. Most of all let’s learn from them!
True loves kiss
Don’t get yourself in a situation where you’re forced to kiss some girl you’ve only met once on the last resort and hope of a true love’s kiss. True love exists, but it doesn’t happen over night and you certainly don’t have to plonk around like a prince in attempt to prove it!
Take the time to understand the villains in life
Maleficent is one of the most prominent Disney villains. Never in my 30 years of existence has Disney or anyone else taken the time to tell the villains story and yet, when they did, I became a ball of mush and I will never look at her the same way.
Let’s take the time to understand the people around us, without judgement. With compassion!