Frozen 2

We went and saw it as a family: the sequel we have all been anxiously waiting for. Anxious because sequels don’t always hold up to their previous counterparts and yet excited because we want more, more of the fun loving, catchy songs that will be sung for years to come. While this movie didn’t disappoint, a warning, don’t go into it expecting anything but to be filled with the awe of magic and wonder that Disney offers.
If you’ve not seen the first one, I’m not sure how you’ve made it this long. Maybe you don’t have kids, don’t have a Disney loving family, or maybe you just simply don’t like joy in your life. I kid, kinda… Whatever your reason I can no longer hold back the spoilers, but lets be honest, if you haven’t seen it by now, you probably won’t. It’s a tale of two sisters who grew up together yet apart out of fear of Elsa’s magical powers hurting Anna. We learn they lost their parents and see Elsa’s powers get stronger, living in fear of them she runs away. Hoping to protect her sister she keeps her struggles to herself. Anna being the fun loving, optimist that she is, follows her sister into the unknown. We see a love story start, fall apart, and another start. Through it all we hear songs that I know you’ve heard even if you haven’t seen it (Let it go anyone?). Through it all we come to a happy ending, one with questions we want answers to but still happy. The story, even though there is a small love story in it, isn’t about romantic love but rather about the importance of family and sibling relationships.
Ok, now that we’ve covered that, lets move into this next movie. The story continues the main theme of family while exploring a little more into the love story of Anna and Kristoff with funny moments of miscommunications and an epic ballad where Kristoff pours out his heart. We get all the answers to the questions we had from the first one (such as what actually happened to their parents and how does Elsa have magic? Where did it come from? And most importantly, why?) While I’m not going to spoil everything for you, there is one part of the movie I really want to tall about.
There is this one song, a point in the movie that is so relevant to our everyday lives. Anna hit rock bottom(quite literally), is in an actual hole as well as an emotional one as EVERYTHING, and I mean EVERYTHING and EVERYONE in her life is gone. Everything she holds close to her heart, everything worth living for, is gone. It’s in this moment, when hope is gone that her song starts. It talks about the dark shes felt before (her parents death) and how this is far worse. The song perfectly shares how depression feels to a lot of us. It reaches out to those in the darkest of moments and just lets you know, you are not alone.
“You are lost, hope is gone
But you must go on
And do the next right thing”

And then it gives a simple yet hard to follow instruction to help bring you (and Anna) though this deep darkness. The next right thing. Whatever that is, whatever it looks like for you, the next right thing is all you have to do. Don’t look to far ahead, don’t look to the past. Maybe in this moment your next right thing is simply to get out of bed or get dressed. Maybe its to just make it to work today. Maybe it’s just to let someone know how you’re actually doing. Do YOUR next right thing.
Unlike Disney movies, life doesn’t always have a happy ending. As I write this, I personally know several people who are struggling to see the light at the end of this tunnel. As I talk about this, I feel ok with myself but I know at any moment the darkness can creep back in. I beg of you, take the next right step right now. It will be hard, it may exhaust you, it may feel like it’s pointless. But all those right steps will add up and start to make a difference. Sure it probably won’t happen as fast as it did for Anna but we can start to add some magic and wonder back to our lives little by little.

You can listen to the full song here.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255


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