Yes, I am the last person in North America to see Frozen. I bought it for my kids the other day, and tonight I’m finally getting a chance to watch it. But of course, I’ve already heard “Let It Go.” From the infamous “Adele Dazeem” gaffe by John Travolta at the Oscars
to the innumerable cover versions on YouTube, you would have to be living under a proverbial rock to have completely avoided it.
As I watched the movie, though, and saw the scene where Elsa (Idina Menzel) sings the song, I started to tear up. Then I started to think about people’s reaction to the song: everyone seems to relate to it. It’s a song about feeling different, about feeling like you have to hide who you really are, and then finally letting that go, and being who you really are:
Don’t let them in,
Don’t let them see.
Be the good girl you always have to be.
Conceal, don’t feel,
don’t let them know.
Well now they know.
It’s funny how some distance
Makes everything seem so small
And the fears that once controlled me
Can’t get to me at all.
It says something about us all, doesn’t it? If this many people are thinking that the song speaks to them, and their feelings, then we really all do feel different. We all feel like “the freak” that doesn’t fit in. So who are these “normal” people if we all feel like we’re the weird ones?
So here’s what we need to remember:
What makes us different, makes us special. There is no “normal.” We all have things that we don’t like about ourselves, that probably don’t bother anyone else nearly as much as they bother us. And the truth is, if someone treats you as “less than”, they aren’t worth your time anyway.
Let it go: be the amazing person that you were born to be. Just think how incredible the world could be if we all were able to share who we really were.
The cold never bothered me anyway!
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