"It Calls Me" a sentence so simple, yet so powerful that it awakened something in me. Not because it was asleep but because it never had the words sufficient enough to define it.
Have you ever felt like you were meant for more? Have you ever known that you were meant to do something out there in the great big world?
If you have it's because you are. If you haven't it's because it just hasn't awakened yet.
Disney always does it best. They have a way of making your think, and teaching you some of life's greatest lessons. Their most recent work of art instantly became my new favorite movie. For two reasons. 1) I really resonated with the symbolism and the story. It is in alignment with what I feel I'm here on this earth to do. (Which we will get to) and 2) The main character reminds me of my daughter in a big way. It's like they watched my little one year old and saw all the beautiful things I see in her, and they put that into their latest heroic character. She is head strong, defiant and does things her way. She is constantly challenging me to see things from a different perspective, and that is a beautiful thing. I love that about her.
Moana was absolutely beautiful in every way. The animation, the music, the story, and most of all the meaning within it. Hearing her first song expressing how she felt struck me to the core and here is why...
As a young girl I felt I was drawn to something more. Something I didn’t really understand and still to this day might not fully comprehend. As I grew up the song in my heart became louder and louder. Even in the midst of many things trying everything to quiet it. The song in my heart is full, it drives my passion, and paints the landscape of my dreams. It is the compass of my goals and my direction. It forces me to pave paths when there are none there. It compels me to prevail against the cultural normality and expectation. It causes me to rebel against seeing the world one way, and inspires me to see the beauty in it, and in other people.
So as the lyrics of the song pound into my heart, it ignites the fire within my soul.
"How Far I'll Go" Lyrics from "Moana"Music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Mark MancinaPerformed by Alessia Cara
I’ve been staring at the edge of the water long as I can remember, never really knowing why
Her father had fears from the past the forced him to instill and enforce a narrow way of thinking. "No one leaves" the island that is. As the movie starts out little Moana is drawn to the ocean every chance she gets to break away she does and ends up by the water until she is pulled back by her father. He teaches her and coaches her in the ways he runs the island as chief. With his ideals and what he sees fit... but something still calls Moana to the water.
This made me think, we as parents are doing our best, with what we know. And just like Moana's father we teach our kids valuable life lessons, that set a foundation for them to build themselves up... but at what point do we need to start listening to them, and what might be calling them? Even if it goes against what our ideals for them, or even harder:.. our beliefs?
I was fortunate to have parents that understood this concept. My Father and Mother both always taught me and encouraged me to follow my heart even if it meant going against what everyone else expected. This was probably not easy for them to do, but they always respected me and what I feel I have to give the people in this world. For that I will forever be grateful.
My trails with this came from the rest of the world.
The narrow mind of our culture and expectations of our society have told me I’m not good enough, I’m not educated enough, that I don’t have enough experience. I have been beat down by expectations of educators, and by leaders in many professional industries, because I didn’t fit their expectation. I have faced a direct lack of respect for creativity and worse, the stereotype of being a young woman in a male driven industry.
Then there is the other part to this story. The one most of you will relate to. The people in your life that tell you that you can’t have more. That you can’t live in abundance that you aren’t good enough for that, or that you don’t have enough in your “favor” toachieve your biggest dreams. That last one breaks my heart the most. Because, it is simply not true, however it weighs heavily on the heart and mind of a dreamer.
I’m sure many of you reading this have felt the same way in one way or another.
Don’t ever stop listening to your call because of what someone else thinks you are capable of. Don’t ever quiet your hearts song because of someone else's fear. Your call is too great.
I wish I could be the perfect daughter but I come back to the water no matter how hard I try. Every turn I take, every trail I track, every path I make, every road leads back to the place I know, where I can not go where I long to be.
Moana is torn between doing what is expected of her, and what her heart is telling her to do. What she knows she needs to do. She works hard to fit the expectation. Which ends up setting a sturdy and strong foundation for what she is faced with throughout the story. Despite her efforts to fit the mold of expectations, something still calls her to the water. She can not quiet it. It compels her to move, to act and to rebel.
Moana felt something was calling her... the light where the sky meets the sea... but the expectations of her father and in turn her role as "chief in training" held her from following it. It was still there but she felt like she had to stay back, and as she did she learned to be a leader, to problem solve and how to function as a human being in a village full of people that looked to her for answers.
When her call prevailed and expectation and rules mattered less she followed it. She ended up saving her island and many other islands because she listened to her call.
Just like Moana, we to learn from expectations. As we try to find our place in this world we are shaped, changed, and refined. Something still rings true in our hearts. It might be quiet, it might be loud. The volume will change from time to time, but our call is there. No matter what we do we will keep being drawn to it. Our call will compel us to move, to act and often times rebel. We just have to listen to it.
See the light where the sky meets the sea it calls me, And no one knows how far it goes.
We start out in life thinking something “Out there” on the horizon calls to us. We feel our call is beyond the line. We feel it sings us to it. We dream of how far we will go. We realize no one knows how far our call goes, but we stop at nothing to find out where this call is, and where it will take us. We begin to pursue our journey to a destination in hopes that when we arrive we will find and understand “Our Call” At times we may feel the pressure of adhering to, and surrendering to “the known” to the way the majority of our culture, peers, and society might see fit. Still the strength of our call captivates us, and through our struggle every move we make, every path we take leads us back to our call.
If the wind in my sail on the sea stays behind me
One day I’ll know, If I go there’s just no telling how far I’ll go.
Once we take the leap of faith, and listen to our call we get into a rhythm where we feel the wind in our sails driving us. Things fall in place, we start seeing things happen. We feel the power of fulfilling our call, through what we create. I like to think the wind in our sail can also be metaphorical for the people in our lives that encourage us and push as along. The ones that love us and see what we are capable of.
In my life I have had many tear me down, but I have had more build me up. So many people that have become family to me. Beacuse they took the time to respect me, and see who I really was. People who have made me better, stronger, and poised for success. Those people are the wind in my sails. I know they always have my back. They are the wind that moves me forward. Surround yourself with people like that.
I can lead with pride, I can make us strong, I’ll be satisfied if I play along
But the voice inside sings a different song… What’s wrong with me.
We often feel we can fit in. We push ourselves to fulfill expectations. But the voice inside sings a different song and sometimes we just don't understand why. We think something is wrong with us because its so easy for others to fit expectations, why can't we? Its important to learn the fundamentals of life. To understand how our culture works, and our society functions. The voice inside tells us more, and we have to follow that.
They were so creative in this movie. The music follows the story in a way where you really understand Moana's Journey and you relate to it. They use renditions of the same song but the lyrics tell the next chapter of the story. You feel as if you are listening to the same song but you are captivated by the story it tells throughout the whole movie.
There is a time when Moana is out on the water, following her call. She feels defeated. Things are not going the way she had planned and she is visited by the spirit of her Grandmother. She reminds Moana to look inside at who she really is. In the song "I am Moana." She tells the story that She knows who she is where she came from. She loves her people and makes her family proud. The world sometimes seems against you, the journey may leave a scar, but scars can heal and reveal just where you are. "I'm a girl who loves my island, and a girl who loves the sea. It calls me, I am the daughter of the village chief, we are descended from voyagers, who find their way across the world they call me. Ive delivered us to where we are i have journey farther i am everything I've learned and more, still it calls me. The call isn't out there at all its inside me, It's like the tide; always falling and rising I will carry you here in my heart you'll remind me That come what may I know the way I am Moana!
In our journey we become enlightened. Our call becomes illuminated, forcing our gaze to adjust from “Out There” To “Within Ourselves”. It’s less of a destination and more of a way of life. Just as important as breathing. It drives us. It guides us to be who we are. WE never just arrive once. We have to show up to every moment. Our call is not a destination it is who we are. We have to BE what we were called to do. We need to make every interaction we have one that fulfills our call. We must not wait. We must be, do, and act now. The more we stay in tune with who we are the greater we will fulfill our mission in life. There are things only you can do in this world. There is a difference only you can make. You must be the hero of your story, not at the end, but all the way through. As we listen to the song in our heart it becomes louder. It guides us. It creates the perfect moments in life that open our eyes to more. We realize in these moments that who we really ARE is our call.
How Far will you go?