"Every turn I take, every trail I track
Every path I make, every road leads back
To the place I know, where I cannot go
Where I long to be"
-How Far I'll Go [Moana (sung by Auli'l Cravahlo)]
For many of you who have watched the Disney movie, Moana, you may have been moved by the beautiful lyrics and melody of the song "How far I'll go," sung by the 16-year-old Polynesian actress Auli'l Cravahlo. This catchy song has also been sung by the talented singer Alessia Cara, who I am excited to cover in another blog post, and not just for her raw singing voice, but also because of the empowering message this young lady sends out in both her lyrics and image.
Moana is a movie set on the beautiful island of Hawaii and tells the story of a young Polynesian girl, who has much love for her Island and the people on it, however, she keeps coming back to her overwhelming desire to explore greater "shores." This is not a story of "the grass is greener on the other side," but rather a story of following your heart.
What's most intriguing and inspiring about the storyline (without giving away too many spoilers) is that Moana has an adventurous spirit that is driven by her intense desire to do and see MORE. In fact, it's one of the rare Disney movies that does not include a love interest in the storyline which is also an important note because this story is all about Moana the person, and her own personal journey of self-development and discovery.
In the journey of life, we find ourselves going from peaks to valleys and back and forth (much like the waves of the ocean). Life is full of ebbs and flows taking us through a journey full of try, fail and adjust; although we must first be willing to TRY if we ever have the chance to experience it.
There are moments when I will take advantage of some quiet time to reflect on the past; not to harp on it but rather to LEARN from it. I sometimes wonder, with what I know today (both life experience and time) what would I go back and tell my 22, 16, or 12-year-old self? What advice would I offer to young girls, knowing what I now know?
TRUST THE JOURNEY. Life is not just about a destination, but rather about the journey and the experiences we have along the way. Some days we win and we feel like a million bucks, and others we wish we could erase because it hurts too much. Part of living is being willing to ENJOY that journey, embrace the moments of the present, and work to overcome the variations of life's circumstances. Those who live life from a perspective of always "following their head," may find themselves wondering "what if" and possibly even looking back in time with a sense of regret for the chances they never dared to take.
However, when we "follow our HEART, " we may find that it tends to take us on a wild journey full of risk, chances, and maybe even an adventure, and yet somehow, we come out feeling completely fulfilled because we are in pursuit of that purpose that each of us is born with. The whispers of that purpose lie deep within the heart, and no matter how long we delay listening, eventually it comes out singing boldly and loudly within us and tugging us towards the person we were born to be. This quote states it best, "Many people die with the music still in them.” Choose to not be the one with the music still inside. Instead, learn to trust the journey, and more importantly, learn to TRUST YOURSELF!