I’m a sucker for Disney movies: the plot lines, the unrealistically beautiful hair and makeup, and my personal favorite, the soundtracks.
Today as I was driving to soccer practice, I felt like the radio just wasn’t cutting it and I needed something different than the same old songs I hear all the time. I plugged in my aux cord and pressed on my “inspirational” playlist on Spotify. The first song that came up when I hit shuffle was “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana.
My mood immediately went from a 3 to an 8. (A 10 would be if practice were cancelled :)) I started to sing along to the lyrics I knew by heart with the windows down for the world to hear me.
After practice, I plugged my phone in again and the rest of the song came on. As I listened to the ending with no energy to sing after a hard practice, I started to tune in to the words and think deeper.
When Moana kept repeating “sea’, it reminded me of the recent hurricanes and how devastating they are for the people affected by them. I thought about how all of the people who live there “used to stare at the waster, long as [they] can remember”. But now, they cannot do that and they are forced to relocate, or take shelter from the storms in the places that they call home.
It is a really tragic situation and I almost feel a little guilty about getting to live my own life normally while cities and homes are destroyed in the southern United States and islands like Cuba and Haiti.
But what can someone like me do? I could take the money I made babysitting last night and donate it to relief services. I could watch the news to be informed about what is happening. I can also keep the people affected in my thoughts and prayers everyday.
I can pray for them to have the strength and perseverance of the fictional character Moana and recover in the fastest and best way they possibly can. Hopefully they can rebuild their islands and territories together, like the characters in Moana, and become stronger as communities united for each other as they heal and the storms eventually go away.