If you didn’t already know, I’m a huge fan of animated movies. Since yesterday, I’ve been binge-watching some Disney movies and done little else. I only paused now to talk about how awesome they are in this blog post and then I’ll go right back to it. Cause for concern? Probably. But animated movies are like a sugar-high without any of the side effects, and I can’t resist indulging.
It all started when I realised that I’ve been so busy reading that I haven’t watched any of the TV shows and movies that I want to. I’ve already read 20 books so far and my brain was craving for a little break. Looking through everything I had, I decided that something light-hearted would be just the thing. I started with Zootopia and then the addiction took hold of me. Seven movies later, after crying at the tender moments and laughing at all the silliness, my inner child is at peace, blasting out the lyrics to Hakuna Matata.
Now that I’ve stopped (temporarily), I was thinking about the reason behind this obsessive behaviour. Clearly, it is more than just a random choice of a bored young mind or I’d have stopped after the first one. The thing is, the movies make everything seem so simple and straight-forward. Sure, the protagonist might tumble off the cliff, but you know there’s going to be a tree branch and someone to pull them up because you’re only halfway through the movie. You know that it’s all going to resolve itself in the end no matter how bleak the situation. There’s always a happy ending (except for the bad guys).
I am quite aware that these stories are far removed from reality as life is so rarely that neat. It’s just that they fill me with confidence. Maybe tomorrow doesn’t hold sunshine and rainbows for me, but if I didn’t believe that some day in the near future did, then I would see no point in life at all. We all have dreams, goals and aspirations. Some might be achievable and some might not, but we have a mixture of both nonetheless. It’s when even the former seem impossibly out of reach that I take from my endless supply of hope – animated movies.
It’s time to hit the play button again. What form does your secret stash of hope take? Let me know in the comments section below.