It’s a new year, 2013. I was able to ring in the New Year with my Taiwanese son, once thought to be lost forever and now is found. That made me happier than I can tell you. I got to eat a tremendous amount of food and see a couple new places. (Yes, I took this picture!)
The happiness was greatly tempered by the fact that I was not able to celebrate it with my natural children, but rather had to make due with a quick Skype call. I also got to have a nice conversation (though cut off too abruptly) with my dad. I miss them all so much.
As this New Year hits me like a ton of bricks, I can’t help but try to cheer myself up. Otherwise I might just end up in the same state as those bricks; down at the bottom.
So, in order to keep myself up I set myself to thinking about how to do it.
The ensuing thought process is the actual way this really went down….
“What things do I like?”
“I don’t know… what do I like?”
“I like movies.”
“Ok, think of movies that you like that make you happy.”
Yes, I actually wrote a list. It’s a thing I do.
The 80 movies I listed (off the top of my head in about 10 minutes) that make me happy when I watch them:
Lord of the Rings and all it’s affiliated movies
That Thing You Do
How to Train Your Dragon
A Knight’s Tale
Freak The Mighty
Pay It Forward
Stranger Than Fiction
The Thin Man
Harold and Maude
The Sound of Music
Bring It On (jazz hands)
The Sword in the Stone
To Sir With Love
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
All of the Pirates of the Caribbean
Fiddler On the Roof
All of the Indiana Jones
The Absent Minded Professor (the original Flubber)
Transformers (yes all of them too)
All of the Harry Potters
Music and Lyrics
Les Miserables the Concert at the O2
Wild Wild West
The Lion King
Seven Brides For Seven Brothers
Back to the Future
The Three Caballeros
The Shaggy Dog (the original)
Zorro (Antonio Banderas, need I say more?)
The Jungle Book
Men In Black
The Star Trek movies all make me happy to watch
And with that I gave up… my brain was starting to hurt from the strain of trying to think of happy maker movies.
Then, truth be told I got a little depressed that I don’t have some of those movies and so I watched the dumbest movie of all time. The movie my friend Brian said I would get a kick out of because of how bad it is: Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death. He was right; it was terrible. It will not be added to my list.
So, then I just started random thinking…
And I cannot tell you how the process happened, but then somehow I asked myself which Disney princess I felt that I most identify with.
Well, my first thought was
“I ain’t no Cinderella with a prince about to fall in love with my raggedy self”.
I quickly replied, “Mari, quit beating yourself up. You are not raggedy. (Because years of therapy have helped me with my self-talk).
“But there aren’t any available princes’ in Taiwan so ixnay on that one.” (Because I’m also a realist)
Ok, so how about Sleeping Beauty? Nope, that’s Sweetpea’s, not treading there. Definitely not Snow White or The Frog Princess girl. I’m not a Jasmine either; I haven’t been rich waiting for a taste of being average. I don’t have the drive to save any one’s honor, so not Mulan.
I can see a little Pocahontas in me – “what’s around the river bend? Waiting just around the river bend for me?”
But I am not the diving off a cliff girl…..
Maybe there’s some Ariel and that sense of free spirited, naïve adventure seeking.
But probably I identify most with Belle from Beauty and the Beast.
I never quite fit in. I like books and science. I’ll put myself in risk to save another and I’ll stand up to the bullies.
Like all good princesses I like to dance. I would be far more likely to engage in conversation with talking furniture than forest animals.
So I guess, Belle it is.
And now I feel happier.
Night night folks, I’m off to sing with the dishes!
- Why I Blame Disney for My Wanderlust (thepinkexpat.com)
- Happy New Year! What Movie Did You Ring in 2013 With? – POLL (hollywood.com)
- Happy 2013 (cpitlibrary.wordpress.com)