Wendy

But, Peter, how do we get to Never Land?
Fly, of course.
Fly?
It’s easy! All you have to do is to… is to… is to… Ha! That’s funny.
What’s the matter? Don’t you know?
Oh, sure. It’s… It’s just that I never thought about it before. Say, that’s it! You think of a wonderful thought.

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Sometimes when we think of achieving our wildest dreams, it may feel like we’re trying to fly. We find ourselves like penguins – strapped to the earth by gravity, even though we sometimes feel like our wings should be able to carry us high into the sky. It can feel like an impossible feat. But if you never allow yourself to believe that your dream is ultimately possible, it can never come true because it doesn’t have the power of your true belief. It takes faith and trust (and perhaps a sprinkling of pixie dust) in order for it to come to fruition. And this all starts with what Peter said: “You think of a wonderful thought.” Whether this be standing on the first place podium, receiving an A in your hardest class, performing on Broadway, or working really hard to earn enough money to purchase whatever it is you’ve always dreamed of. But don’t only imagine the dream, envision yourself actually attaining it. Positive thinking is the key to success. Just remember, your dream is only a wish away… ©

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Tinkerbell

Tink was not all bad: or, rather, she was all bad just now, but, on the other hand,
sometimes she was all good. Fairies have to be one thing or the other,
because being so small they unfortunately have room for one feeling only at a time.
They are, however, allowed to change, only it must be a complete change.

Sometimes, we’re kinda like fairies. We get so into something that we are only focused on that one thing. We can no longer hear people speaking to us, and not even a natural disaster could distract us from it. There’s a word for this kind of determination. You know what it is? Passion. This is a feeling that goes beyond your average emotion. It’s a fire that burns deep within us that no one can extinguish. Perhaps this is where Tink gets all of her spunk. She has an attitude and speaks whatever’s on her mind – even if only one person can really understand her. I admire her for that. In fact, I strive to be like her for this reason. Besides, she’s also strong, intelligent, and pretty darn cute. So I’d like to make a suggestion: when you’re feeling a little down, throw your hair up in a fairy bun and channel her personality. A little sass goes a long way. ©

Anastasia

Heart don’t fail me now. Courage don’t desert me. Don’t turn back now that we’re here.
People always say: “Life is full of choices.” No one ever mentions fear.

In chasing dreams, fear is very common; especially when you start comparing yourself to others and their talent level. When looking at whatever goal you’re trying to achieve, whether it be writing a novel, losing weight, or winning a major sports competition, analyzing how others are doing may not help you – in fact, it may hinder your performance. When you focus all your energy on other people, you lose sight of your own advancements. You start to slowly tear yourself apart by wondering why you can’t do something or aren’t already where someone else is in their ambitious journey. And this can sometimes cause you to stop and run away from your dreams, giving up entirely because of heightened insecurities. What you have to do to continue progressing is to stay focused on what you’re doing and how you can improve upon your current abilities. Be confident in all the hard work you’ve done in order to accomplish that goal. Believe in yourself and you’re more than half way there. ©

Maleficent

Fools! Idiots! Imbeciles!
Oh, they’re hopeless. A disgrace to the forces of evil.

Maleficent was furious with her crew of goons when they were unable to find Princess Aurora. She was cruel when she shooed them away, calling them names in her disgust. (But what else do you expect from a villain, really?) And yet, I’m pretty sure we’ve all been there, just maybe not with the same response. Someone has asked us to do something, either as a favor or a job, and we were unable to complete the task. Humiliation and embarrassment typically follow and we feel we’ve severely let this person down. The consequences could be great, or perhaps just result in that person not trusting us with a similar task again, but we can’t let this get us down. We must remember that if we tried our darnedest and committed to it 100% and still were unable to accomplish what was asked of us, there was simply nothing else within our power we could have done. And this doesn’t constitute as ‘failure’ either. In my eyes, the only way you can truly fail is by not trying. Attempting to complete something for someone else results in success: in working hard toward a goal, in potentially trying something you’re not fully confident in, and ultimately, in caring for someone other than yourself. And there’s nothing wrong with that. ©

Tiana

I remember Daddy told me:
“Fairytales can come true. You gotta make ’em happen, it all depends on you.”
So I work real hard each and every day. Now things for sure are going my way.
Just doing what I do – Look out boys, I’m coming through!

Tiana had a lifelong dream – to open her own restaurant. Even though it seemed like it would never happen, she never gave up on it. She remembered her father’s words and let those motivate her. She struggled along the way, but eventually her dream came to fruition – turning her ‘Place’ into a ‘Palace.’  Hard work certainly pays off. Dedicating yourself to something you love and working on it everyday definitely increases your chance of success. But this doesn’t mean that it will be easy. You’ll get discouraged, people will put you down, and at some point, exhaustion hits and you need a break. But none of these mean that your dream is unattainable; they’re just obstacles along the way, challenging you to continue doing your best despite them. You can let these setbacks destroy your ambition or you can use them as fuel toward ultimately achieving your goal, ‘it all depends on you.’ ©

Ariel

I’ve got gadgets and gizmos a-plenty. I’ve got whozits and whatzits galore.
You want thingamabobs? I’ve got twenty!
But who cares? No big deal. I want more…

A lot of people have heard this lyric and automatically assumed that Ariel was this stuck-up girl who didn’t care about anything she owned and only wanted ‘more’. Honestly, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Ariel has collected and treasured these earthly items for years and has always wondered what it would be like to “live out of these waters.” She’s cherished these artifacts and kept them safe. It’s not that she doesn’t care anymore – she’s just ready to experience something…grand. She’s grown as a person and is ready to move on to bigger and better things. Maturing is a natural part of life, even for a mermaid. And sometimes people assume that because you have lofty goals, you don’t appreciate the here and now. But this isn’t true either. I think dreamers appreciate the present more than anyone because they see the magic in it that others don’t value. They also see every moment as a stepping stone to where they want to be. Each and every accomplishment, whether it is momentous or miniscule, is appreciated by the people with aspirations. They work hard to achieve their dreams and no longer need to wonder, “When’s it my turn?” because they know it will be theirs soon. ©

Pocahontas

 “You might come to see you were meant to be so much more.”

I was just thinking about what scares me the most. The dark and what may be lurking in it, sure. Bugs, especially the flying stinging kind, certainly. But what has recently haunted me is the idea of being ‘average’. And I think almost everyone can relate. This is why some work so hard in school to be the student with a 4.0 whose papers get used as examples in class. This is why actors dream of ‘making it big’ so they can walk on red carpets and make obscene amounts of money. This is why some people work out every day so they can achieve the body that would cause others to be jealous. Inside, we are all striving to discover our ‘thing’ that we naturally excel in so we can become more than average. But what I’ve recently realized is this: achievements can only say so much. The world focuses so heavily on grades and awards and beauty, but I want to open your eyes to the intangibles, the deeper accomplishments. Being a mentor to someone and changing their lives for the better, making the right decision even when it’s tough to do so, choosing to be a good example and winding up inspiring someone to do the same – “you might come to see you were meant to be so much more” than what society deems ‘successful’. And I believe that’s you just being… you. ©

Snow White

Happy: This is Dopey, he don’t talk none.
Snow White: You mean he can’t talk?
Happy: He don’t know, he never tried.

Poor, Dopey…so shy and intimidated, he never even tried to speak. Unfortunately, this happens to a lot of us when it comes to our deepest aspirations. I’m pretty sure we all have that dream that seems completely out of reach – getting in to that prestigious school or program, medaling in the Olympics, or becoming a world-renowned recording artist. While they may seem impossible now, if you dedicate yourself to it, you never know what may happen. You could so easily become that person whose hard work and dedication led you to accomplishing more than you ever thought you could. However, lacking the confidence or courage to take that first step, the most important part of any journey, is what holds back many. But if it’s something you really want, then you must go after it. What have you got to lose? If this particular dream doesn’t come to fruition, then it’s on to the next one. Life is full of dreams and possibilities – you just have to have to courage to try. ©

Sleeping Beauty

“If you dream a thing more than once, it’s bound to come true!”

When we were little, most girls wanted to become ballerinas, princesses, or mermaids when we ‘grew up’. Now that we’re older and ask ourselves the same question, we will most likely answer with something completely different (and a little more achievable). Some still wish to be a professional dancer, some strive to become a successful business woman, while still others see themselves as becoming teachers or authors. No matter what your dream may be, I want to encourage you to follow it. You are young and beautiful and now is the time to set your sights high and work toward your goals. Map out a plan of where you ideally see yourself in five to ten years and the steps it will take to get there, whether that includes college, an internship, or applications. When (not if) you encounter a situation in which you question whether or not you should participate, think back to your original goals and ask yourself, “If I go through with this particular action, will this help or hinder me in achieving my goals?” This makes decision making so much easier and your ‘life map’ can act as a guide through difficult areas of your life. Continue dreaming your dreams and someday “the dream that you wish will come true”. ©