I know that “Into the unknown” is the theme song of Frozen 2. But I prefer “Show yourself”.
In the “Show yourself” sequence of the movie, Elsa enters an ice cave with trepidation and excitement. The source of The Voice, which has been calling out to her, lies deep inside. Elsa has no idea who The Voice is or what else is in the ice cave. She goes in anyway.
The deeper Elsa travels, the more she learns about her true nature. Elsa is the Fifth Spirit. Her icy powers are a gift from nature because of her mother’s heroism many years ago. The Voice belongs to her late mother. Once Elsa embraces her real self, she transforms into a lovelier, almost celestial version of herself.
I love that scene. It resonated with me so much that I teared up when I first saw it.
“Here I am, I’ve come so far”
Over the past few years, I have made slow but steady progress in my life.
I forged a career in content marketing from scratch. I’ve made efforts to connect with people. I rediscovered my love for manga drawing. My biggest achievement was probably acknowledging my mild depression and getting help for it.
I’m proud of how far I’ve come.
I want to go further, starting this year. Much further.
Maybe it’s a start of a new decade thing.
But I don’t want to make incremental changes.
I want to level up.
Release all that potential I have. Maybe even discover potential I didn’t know I have.
“Step into your power”
For the kind of Elsa-level transformation that I want, I have to do things very differently.
I have several ideas for how to change the way I do things. This is probably the most significant one:
Don’t optimise for perfection. I am good enough.
I tend to wait for the optimal moment to take action. Oh, the timing’s got to be right. They might not have the budget. I am not skilled enough to do that yet. Etc.
A small amount of caution is OK. But not too much. Otherwise, I make too many assumptions, overly-complicate things, and falter. Then I might miss out on opportunities.
I want to show the world my art.
I want to ask people for things that I desire.
I want to kickstart a new career direction.
It’s a little scary to think about what I have to do. But I’m also excited about how far I can grow. I just have to take bold action.
There is no perfect moment. The “perfect” moment is what I make of it.
“You are the one you’ve been waiting for…all of your life”
Ah, my favourite line from “Show yourself”.
I’ve wondered about what my transformed self would look like.
I imagine that she’ll be glowing, like Elsa by the end of the movie. Radiating confidence and happiness. With lots of interesting stories to tell, from her adventures into the unknown (pun intended, yea…).
At the very least, I want to say that I have lived with courage.