Sarah Scoop contributor Monique is here to share the importance of visiting Disney in your twenties….
I just turned 25 when I headed down to Florida to visit Walt Disney World. The last time I’d been was when I was 10, so seeing the most magical place on Earth as an adult excited me. It turned out that visiting Disney in my twenties was incredibly important for me.
Disney has this funny way of bringing me back to myself with its movies, TV shows, and parks. They tell me to shoot for dreams, that anything is possible, and that where you belong can be anywhere. What I didn’t expect was for a Disney vacation to be an experience that would remind me of who I am and what I want in life.
As I walked through the parks, I couldn’t help but ask myself what were my goals? What did I want to be? It’s hard to come up with that in your twenties. Even if you know, it’s incredibly likely you’ll change your mind. Disney reminded me that it’s okay if you’re not sure what you want to do. It’s also okay if you are sure and things change. What matters is that you don’t give up your dreams.
Since I was young, I’ve lived with chronic illnesses. They limit what I can do and are often the reason why I’m so determined to succeed in with my writing. I’ll admit that there have been times when I’ve given up on my dreams in exchange for doing something more ‘practical’, something within my abilities. Between my self-doubt and my illnesses, dreams can seem so far-fetched. My recent trip to Disney reminded me that they’re not far-fetched at all. They’re achievable. I just need to channel my inner Disney princess and not give up.
It’s my goal to return to Disney at least two more times before I turn thirty. One, because the Disney bug bit me years ago. Like Moana and the sea, Cinderella Castle calls me. Two, because in these dark times, the magic of Disney Parks reminds me that I shouldn’t lose the kid in me. The one that loved wearing mouse ears, riding the teacups, and meeting characters. The one that lights up when seeing the castle. That kid in me still believes in the impossible, dreams big, and thinks she can be anything. I don’t want to lose her again.
A wise lion king once said, “Remember who you are”. For me, a trip to Disney served as the perfect reminder. I remembered who I am, who I was, and who I want to be. Some say that your twenties is the time to take risks and follow your dreams. Well, I remembered mine. Now I’m ready to go out, take risks, and finally make my dream come true.