Do you like Disney movies? How about quotes? For me on the tough days, especially the ones that have to do with living with a disability, a good quote brightens my mood or at the very least offers a new perspective. Since Disney Plus launched a few months ago, I’ve been watching some of the shows from my childhood and when I faced a few tough days, I found myself turning on Disney Plus and enjoying a few Disney movies. I realized some of the lessons and lines by characters took on a different meaning for me, ones my younger self couldn’t appreciate. Lessons and yes, words of wisdom that stick with me on those days. Today I’m sharing my favorites, Disney quotes for women with disabilities when you need a little motivation.
And with that, let’s get to those quotes.
10 Inspirational and Motivational Disney Quotes For Women With Disabilities
“Life is not a spectator sport. If watching is all you’re going to do, then you’re going to watch your life go by without you.” ~ Laverne, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame
As a kid, one day I was having trouble doing something because of my fine motor skill issues and I said ”I can’t do it” and I was okay saying that, essentially giving up. My mom sat me down and said “Okay, but you’ll never know unless you really try. You can sit here and be okay with it, but one day, everyone is going to be out there living their lives. What are you going to be doing? I understood what she was saying, even as young as I was. Now in my mid-20’s, that is one moment I’m grateful for.
Somedays dealing with a disability is so difficult. I get it, but it’s part of you so figure out how to enjoy life with it. There are going to be some tough moments where you deal with the lack of access, people judging you just on your disability and more. Situations will arise, but don’t let them stop you from enjoying life take the time to have fun and live your life. You only have one life and even though it’s not easy at times, do your best to live life to the fullest, after all, you never know if something’s possible until try. You may be surprised. I know I have been.
To quote Netflix’s Walk. Ride. Rodeo: “This chair can either be your anchor or your wings, you decide.”
“The things that make me different, are the things that make me, me”. ~Piglet
Everyone’s different in one way or another, when your disability is visible, it can make things difficult especially when dealing with people who don’t know you or haven’t been around others with a disability. There are times that I hated dealing with my disability and or times I’m actually grateful for the lessons it taught me. Being different in this way and having different experiences than most people is difficult, but as Piglet says being different in that way is part of you. Accept it. You don’t have to love it all the time, but it’s part of you.
“The only way to get what you want in this world is through hard work.” ~ Tiana, The Princess and The Frog
This quote applies to life in various ways. Rereading it as I write this post, I can think of a few:
A. Daily Life With A Disability: Often when learning a new skill, whether or not you can actually do it on your own will cross your mind. There will be times that it may seem frustrating, tedious and tiring as well as so many other things, but that first time you finally accomplish that task or reach that goal, all your hard work will have paid off
B. Life Goals: If you have a big goal you’re working toward, like Tiana, you know that you’ll have to keep going until you reach it, no matter how hard it is, you know the end goal will be worth it.
Think about this quote in whatever way you need to in order to accomplish your goals. It may take you a bit longer than some, but you know it’s worth it.
“You must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul.” ~Gusteau, Ratatouille
I included all of these quotes in this post, but I think this one is my favorite. Many people don’t understand living with a disability. Some believe that those with disabilities aren’t very capable based on various misconceptions. Never let someone else define your limits. They may be right. They may be wrong, nevertheless, you are the only one who truly knows your limits are.
“Oh yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it”. ~ Rafiki The Lion King
It’s easy took back on your past. To wonder what if? I’ve done it when thinking about work experience for my resume, my blog journey and moments in life. The one thing I learned is that you can’t stay there. There are lessons to be learned from your experiences. They are part of the journey that got you to this point, learn from them and move forward.
“Venture outside your comfort zone. The rewards are worth it.” — Rapunzel, Tangled
Living with a disability makes you a great problem solver. I mean you’re living in a world that wasn’t necessarily designed for you. However, after you find what works for you, it’s easy to stay there, go to the same places do the same things, be in your comfort zone… Nonetheless, every once in a while try something new whether it’s food, activity, skill.. etc. It’s worth trying.
There have been several times over the past few months that I thought I wasn’t going to be able to do something because of the challenges I face with my disability. I had immediately dismissed the idea, not because I wasn’t sure I could do it, but because it wasn’t something I was used to, sometimes I was right and other times I was happy to be wrong. Do something outside your comfort zone, even if it’s something small, you never know where it might lead.
“You’re braver than you believe, smarter than you seem and stronger than you think.” -Christopher Robin Winne The Pooh
You are living with a disability, but at the same time, you’re just like anyone else. Still, some days are hard. Some days it doesn’t feel like every other day where you feel like everyone else. Some days you keenly aware of the toll your disability takes. On these days I think of this quote more specifically the last part of it. You are strong, you can handle your disability.
It would be unrealistic to think the tough days of living with a disability won’t come, they will, but you will get through them. You are brave and strong. And as for the smart part? Like I said earlier, living with a disability makes you a good problem solver too. You’re smart, never let anyone underestimate you.
“Don’t just fly. Soar” – Dumbo
While you may not let others define your limitations, be sure not to limit yourself either. I was always so focused on not let anyone else define my limits, put me a box labeled wheelchair girl, that I didn’t really think of what I wanted. I surpassed their expectations, but I didn’t live up to my own, to be honest. I didn’t even know what my expectations were. You know that life takes planning when your disability is concerned, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try to go after what you want for your life. Set your sights on a goal, work to achieve it, celebrate, then move on to your next goal.
“Giving up is for rookies” -Philoctetes, Hercules
This particular Disney quote is another favorite of mine. It reminds me that at times, completing a task no matter how small can be tedious and frustrating especially if you’re just learning how to do it. Despite that, you should persevere, you’ll be happy you did.
“Every adventure requires a first step.” ~ Alice, Alice In Wonderland
There are many adventures in life, learning a new skill, picking up a hobby, starting a new venture, whatever it focus on one moment at a time. I’ve learned that thinking about the end result whether it’s a success or a possible failure can lead you to miss out on so much. Don’t be afraid to try something new, however, be sure to take the time to enjoy the journey to your end goal, it may make you even happier that you decided to go after this new adventure in the first place.
Disney movies have been a part of many childhoods, but even grown-up, there are lessons to be learned from our beloved characters. A good quote can: offer a new perspective inspire you, motivate you, and as is with Disney quotes, remind you of lessons you’ve long forgotten. These quotes may be from movies intended for younger audiences, however, Disney has always been a place where experiences stay with you for a lifetime.