Sometimes the world seems against you.
The journey may leave a scar,
But scars can heal and reveal
Just who you are.
The people you love will change you,
The things you have learned will guide you,
And nothing on Earth can silence
The quiet voice still inside you.
– I Am Moana (Song of the Ancestors), lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Disney’s Moana is an outstanding animated film, not least because of the excellent contributions of Lin-Manuel Miranda as songwriter. (He wrote seven outstanding songs, including my current favorite, Shiny.)
But I love the message of the lyrics above best. (This was one of three moments I teared up during the movie).
We all have to learn to let our scars heal and guide us without letting them define us.
Go see this in the theaters while it’s there. The beautiful panoramas, the epic nature of an adventure across the Pacific: these warrant an immersive experience. And then be thankful that master storyteller Jon Lasseter is the guiding hand behind both Pixar and Disney Animation.