*This post contains spoilers for Finding Dory, please read ahead at your own discretion. *
As might be apparent from the title I recently had the pleasure of watching Finding Dory. Once in a while, a movie comes along that is sheer pleasure to watch, a movie that pulls at all your heartstrings, has you sobbing like a child and laughing like a laugh track and in the end conveys a simple and beautiful message, or sometimes several. Finding Dory is one of those movie. While the cuteness of baby Dory as accurately described by buzzfeed is quite honestly the cutest thing I’ve seen in a movie, the movie tackles the challenges children with mental disabilities face, our polluting of the oceans, the atrocity that is SeaWorld, and animal captivity. But what particularly stood out for me, was a testament to “you can always return home to your parents”. This is something that my parents told me when I left for university, and seeing that embodied in what is probably the most complex animated movie I’ve ever watched, was heartwarming and tear inducing to say the least. While I would love to write a post just about this movie, I must move on.
So, with watching Finding Dory and visiting my aunts house for fathers day, the last weekend was quite eventful. While I usually return from visits to my aunts house thoroughly underwhelmed this weekend was slightly different. The thing that made this visit excellent was the presence of the most adorable puppy for the fathers day BBQ, this helped me get more comfortable over there and also have a lot of fun with the little floof. However, this weekend was also rather inspiring. I got to meet a couple of people in their late 20s, early 30s who a few years ago had no idea where their life was going, and were kind of just going along the flow and one was kind of unemployed. However, when I met them yesterday they had their plans for the next 5 years figured out, and one that had been kind of unemployed had an interview with google lined up! They all had successful and lucrative careers, were happy, and consistently looking to improve. As a 19 year old, I often feel that I don’t know where I’m going and what the future holds for me, but looking at these “adults” helped me realize that as long as I continue to work hard and follow whatever my dreams are for the moment, I can too succeed. I can reach the goals that I have set for myself, if I continue to work hard. I know all of us slip into that kind of slump once in a while, but the important thing to do is “just keep swimming”.