If you’re like me, you have been waiting for the day that ‘Finding Dory’ came out in theatres for a LONG time too. If you haven’t seen it yet, then you might want to stop reading and come back after you do. I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone! Needless to say, the story holds many great life lessons that can be taught to our kids, teens and even refresh us adults.
Be you. Unapologetically. I feel as if Dory has always portrayed confidence through her actions and self worth. Yes, we all have moments where we feel insecure but that is normal. What matters is that you “keep on swimming” and being you. Even with her disabilities, she didn’t let that define her and accepted the challenge of life at her own pace.
Go confidently in everything that you do. That moment when Marlin and Nemo were stuck in the fish tank while they were in search for Dory, they began to lose hope. Then they asked themselves, “What would Dory do?” Dory always had out of the box ideas to problem solving and always followed through her plan with such great confidence!
Know yourself. One of the most important things you will need to know in life, is knowing yourself inside and out. When you know ourselves, you can react, choose and decide important life decisions based around who you are and what makes you happy. For Dory, finding her parents was one thing she truly wanted. She never gave up despite some sea creature’s discouragements. If you don’t know yourself to the right extent, you’ll allow yourself to believe everyone but you.
Know when to not give up. Bad days are a given. Like our good friend Dory likes to quote, “there’s always a way.” No matter what happens, keep pushing through until you reach your goal. Again, “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.”
Treat everyone with the same respect. Many of the sea creatures didn’t understand Dory’s disabilities and out of frustration they would treat her unkindly. Throughout the entire movie you can hear Dory apologizing over and over again about her short term memory loss. Our friends with disabilities shouldn’t have to apologize for the way they were born. We have to learn to be patient and treat everyone the same respect you wish to receive.
Here at CASA, we train and support community volunteers to speak up for kids who have been abused and/or neglected. The goal of our volunteers to investigate and interview the child on their case and the people involved in that child’s life to find out what is in their best interest. Most of the time, our CASA volunteers are the one constant figure in that child’s life. You could be that one adult that instills these life lessons, you could be a life changer.