• Lalena Cooper

Disney Life Lessons

With the upcoming RunDisney Tinkerbell weekend all things Disney have been on my mind. I LOVE Disneyland and all things Disney. As a child my family went almost every year for vacation.

I even remember the e-ticket! (Yikes it's hard to admit that!)

A few years ago we took our four year old foster daughter to Disneyland and California Adventure. We played princess for the whole weekend. It was magical. She even had her Fairy Godmother work her magic at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. We couldn't have stopped our daughter from smiling if we had tried.

My smile was pretty big the whole weekend too.

We went during the Christmas holiday when the park is even more magical. When we first walked in my husband snapped a quick picture of me and said I looked even more excited than our little one.

For me, Disneyland represents the wonder and fantasy of childhood. When I step into the park I am instantly transported to fond memories of joyous times. I can't wait to be there next weekend!

Disney has produced some pretty amazing movies over the years too. Many generations have grown up learning life lessons through the big screen. Below are a few of the lessons that have helped shape my world view.

 

"A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference." -Eeyore

I completely identify with Eeyore. His melancholy demeanor and his kind heart leave him feeling a bit left out at times, but he is always thoughtful of the others around him. We should all consider those around us. Extending kindness and compassion to those around us brightens our world.

 

"Think happy thoughts." -Peter Pan

Living with my Aspie man has had it's challenges over the years, however I am determined to think the best in everything. I've struggled with depression for years. Finding something to be happy about isn't always easy when it feels like you're being smothered in a dark cloud of despair , but when I get my thoughts in order, I begin to feel better. Happy thoughts help!

 

Don't wait to go on your adventure. -UP

Adventure is all around us; it is in the everyday of raising littles and in the big wide out there.

We NEED to explore more. Take a walk, watch the sunset, go on a cruise, visit one of the Seven Wonders, build a fort under the kitchen table, visit Paris in the Spring, Vermont in the Fall, or hitchhike across Europe. The adventures are endless! Time is passing too quickly. It's time to get up and enjoy this amazing life we have been given!

 

"Remember who you are..."

-The Lion King

Some seasons of life can cause us to become so discouraged we can forget who we really are and who we were created to be.

You are AMAZING! You have purpose! Your perspective is needed! You are valuable and precious.

 

This weekend I am running the 10K in support of Autism Speaks at the RunDisney Tinkerbell 1/2 Marathon Weekend. I'm running for more awareness regarding Adult Aspergers. I'm also running to get stronger, fight depression and prove to myself I can. I am so excited to run my first 10K at a place I have so many amazing memories of and at a place I love.

You can support Autism Speaks and my run HERE

Have you learned any lessons from Disney? I would LOVE to hear from you! You can leave a comment below!

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