What’s not to love about Disney’s Tangled? A remarkably sweet heroine who is amusingly naïve, but super bright at the same time and knows how to wield a pretty good frying pan. A thief who literally chose the worst hiding place in the world and now might have to look out for someone other than himself. A group of misfit thugs. Lessons involving trust. And last but certainly not least . . . Pascal.
Yes, Rapunzel is one of my favorite Disney princesses.
Buried in the heart and whimsy of this film is a scene somewhere in the middle, right before the iconic floating lantern scene.
Flynn and Rapunzel are out in the boat in the middle of the water, waiting for the floating lanterns that Rapunzel’s been waiting her whole life to see in person. Yet the usually-upbeat Rapunzel doesn’t look excited. In fact, she looks rather dejected.
Flynn notices. “What’s wrong?”
Rapunzel stares into the water and whispers, “I’m terrified.”
Flynn asks the obvious question, “Why?”
“I’ve been looking out a window for eighteen years dreaming about what it might feel like when those lights rise in the sky. What if it’s not everything I hoped it would be?” She gazes up at the night sky.
Without hesitation, Flynn answers, “It will be.”
“And what if it is?” Rapunzel sneaks a glance at him. “What do I do then?”
“That’s the good part, I guess. You get to go find a new dream.”
Life is constantly changing. Every day could be the day that something we’ve known forever could change. That’s a terrifying thought.
Dreams aren’t exempt to that change. Something we’ve always thought we’d do isn’t what we think it is. Sometimes we don’t turn out to be who we thought we’d be. Sometimes life changes and the dreams closest to our heart can’t come true.
It’s terrifying. It’s disappointing.
If your dream seems as out of reach as the floating lanterns in the sky, don’t give up hope. Your dream isn’t over. It’s just time to go find a new one.
Maybe your old dream is something you need to put away. Maybe it just needs to wait awhile. Maybe it can be transformed into something new.
And that’s the good part.
Rapunzel’s story is full of endings—leaving the tower, finally seeing the lanterns in person, losing the identity she’s always known, discovering the truth about Mother Gothel, cutting her hair, even losing Flynn.
But out of each ending, a new beginning opened wide. Exploring the world she’d never known. Becoming the princess she truly was. Breaking free, both from her captor and from her tower. Healing Flynn. Meeting her real parents for the first time.
So any dream you believe is dying might just be about to become a brilliant beginning.
That’s the good part.
*“What about you? What’s your dream?” (Yes, I may just want to see who can complete it with the next Tangled line in the comments below.) While you’re there, go ahead and answer the question for yourself—what’s your dream? What did you think of Tangled?*
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