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Animated movie ‘Frozen’ offers life lessons

Published 11:01am Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Happy Medium by Erin Murtaugh

The movie “Frozen” has been quite a hit in all age groups from the time it hit theaters late last year. Some people have started to criticize the fact that it is it so popular and overrated.

If you haven’t seen it, at least see it once. I truly don’t think it is overrated. The music is great, the characters and storyline are awesome, and, most importantly, it teaches some great life lessons. I’ve compiled a list of 10 lessons I’ve learned from “Frozen.”

1. Whatever it is, let it go.

Elsa “lets go” of the fact that she has a power that is out of her control. No matter what gets in your way, try to overcome the obstacles and push through.

2. Living in a place of fear keeps you from seeing the beauty in your gifts.

Elsa hid away from society for a long time because of her powers. By the end of the movie, she realized that hiding away from everyone wasn’t worth it and she missed out on a lot. Instead, she adapted to living with her powers.

3. Some people are worth melting for.

Olaf the Snowman teaches us that if you really care about someone, it might be worth sacrificing yourself for them.

4. True love drives out fear.

Elsa’s fear is overcome when she has to save her sister. If that isn’t true love, I don’t know what it.

5. Never marry someone you just met.

Hans seemed to be great for Anna when they first met. After all, love is an open door. But as the time went on, Anna realized it wasn’t true love. Take the time to truly get to know someone before you declare it to be love, or go and get married.

6. Love applies to animals, too.

Reindeer are better than people. Sven teaches us that pets can be just as amazing as human friends and can give us the same love.

7. Warm hugs are great.

What’s better than a warm hug to make you feel better? That’s right, nothing.

8. Accept yourself.

Elsa accepts her powers at the end, after trying to fight her powers for a long time. Embrace what you have. You are you, and there’s not much you can do to change that.

10. You don’t need a man to be happy.

Elsa was single the entire movie. Anna learns that she doesn’t need Hans, although she does end up with Kristoff. It’s OK to be single.

So even if you watch and don’t enjoy it, try to find some life lessons in it. They’re everywhere.

 

Albert Lea resident Erin Murtaugh is a senior at Albert Lea High School. She can be reached at murtaugh.erin@gmail.com.