Before Finding Dory hits our local cinemas, allow me to share with you the five Life lessons I learned from Finding Nemo. Here are my best picks.

I’d like to give you first a quick overview about this movie: “Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Written and directed by Andrew Stanton. the film stars the voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, and Willem Dafoe. It tells the story of the overprotective clownfish named Marlin who, along with a regal tang named Dory, searches for his abducted son Nemo all the way to Sydney Harbour. Along the way, Marlin learns to take risks and let Nemo take care of himself.” [Source]

To read more about the movie Finding Nemo, kindly refer to this link.

So my dear readers, here are my top five Life lessons I learned from the movie Finding Nemo.

  1. “Just think about what you need to do.”

Just think about what you need to do

Have you ever felt lost or confused in your life? Yung tipong: ‘Damn, what am I gonna do next?’ There are times that we get overwhelmed sa mga bagay na dapat nating gawin sa buhay natin to the point na we get scared and anxious over uncertain situations. Natatakot tayo sa magiging result ng actions natin. At aaminin ko, no matter how much I say na failures happen to teach us lessons, may mga pagkakataon pa rin na natatakot ako sa idea of failing. Truth be told, I’ve failed many times before. However, I realized that  Failure is not the validation of your self-worthiness. Overcoming it is! Halos lahat ng mga taong confused sa buhay nila ngayon know what exactly they needed to do – just like how I am feeling as I write this blog post. It took me more than 4 months to conceptualize and write in my blog again. I doubted myself and my capacity to write and inspire others through my writing. But you know what? I’m not going to be scared anymore! Alam ko kung ano ang goals ko sa pagsusulat at hindi na ako papalamon sa pagkatakot. If the devil is real, DAMN YOU! The devil is not going to make me feel discouraged anymore. And to whoever reads this, if you keep on delaying the things you want to accomplish kasi uncertain ka o di kaya ay napapangunahan ka ng takot, DAMN YOU TOO! It’s about time we all face our fears. If we fail, so what? We never lose from failing, to be honest. The lessons we get from failing are priceless!

  1. “You never really know. But when they’ll know, you’ll know, you know?”

You never really know. But when theyll know, youll know, you know

This particular scene was more fit to parenting. Pero since I’m gay and I do not have my own child yet, let me associate this lesson to a more appropriate scenario in my life. FYI, I’m a control freak. My ex-boyfriends can attest how much of a control freak I am. In my defense though, I am like this because I know what pain is. I know hardships. Stress has always been a part of my daily life. I know how it feels to be helpless and lonely. If I can make my partner’s life easier, I will grab the opportunity and do it. Ayoko lang naman nahihirapan ang partner ko. Is that bad? Well, I came to realize that it is at some extent. Let your partner grow on his own terms – so I told myself. Oo nga naman! Let them fail and let them fail hard so they can learn from every mistake they do. If he comes to me for help or advice, I will be there for him. I cannot really enforce to my partner na ready na siya sa isang bagay kahit hindi naman. Kapag ready na siya sa bagong adventure in his life, malalaman naman niya yon and I’ll eventually know it as well. Kaya heto, sa business ko na lang ilalaan ang pagiging control freak ko. [insert evil laugh]

  1. “How are we gonna get out of here unless we give it a shot and hope for the best?”

How are we gonna get out of here unless we give it a shot and hope for the best

At some point in my life, sinabi ko sa sarili ko na ayaw ko na maging mahirap. I wanted to get out of my old life and my old mess. Besides, alam ko naman ang mga dapat kong gawin. Nobody can ever tell what the Future holds for all of us. So I made plans para baguhin ko ang buhay ko. I could not immediately say na fool-proof ang plans ko. But I continue to hope for the best. Sinabi ko sa sarili: “Enough na yung puro What If’s. Gawin mo na lang! Tama na yung puro excuses.” For example, sa mga gustong mag-business dyan pero lagi na lang nila dine-delay yung pagsisimula ng negosyo nila kasi wala pa raw o kulang sa puhunan, baka naman senior citizen ka na eh mukang hindi mo pa maa-achieve ang puhunan na kailangan mo. If you have a promising product or service that you want to offer to the market, look for an angel investor. Or kung mayroon ka naman na kamag-anak o kaibigan na mahihiraman mo ng puhunan at alam mong business-minded, then go to them and present your business ideas. Tandaan mo, hindi madali ang Entrepreneurship. Learning is a continuous phase. It will take you a long time to perfect a business process. Personally, I believe na mahirap bumangon from failures as one becomes older. Kaya as early and as young as you are now, be brave in taking risks!

  1. “You can’t never let anything happen to him. Then nothing would ever happen to him.”

You cant never let anything happen to him. Then nothing would ever happen to him

In Life, you can never be too careful. Kahit gaano ka pa ka-OC (obsessive-compulsive) sa mga plans mo, you’re bound to fail one way or the other. If you won’t let anything happen to you, nothing else would ever happen in your life. And that is just plain ridiculous! To my readers who are already in parenthood, this could be one of the greatest lessons applicable to you. I never meant to completely leave your children without proper supervision. Nevertheless, you have to remember na hindi sa lahat ng pagkakataon, nakabantay kayo sa mga anak ninyo. Tulad ng sinulat ko kanina, let them fail and fail hard. Hayaan ninyo silang matuto sa mga pagkakamali nila. And as for myself, I need to internalize this lesson big time for my next relationship. Sabagay, ayoko na ma-stress by Love. I want to be young-looking kaya iiwas na ko sa mga stress ng Puso as much as I can. Kung matigas ang ulo ng susunod kong partner, I will let him be. Basta if I started to feel na my presence is no longer appreciated, eh di move on to the next guy. Ganern!

  1. “He says it’s time to let go! Everything’s gonna be alright.”

He says it is time to let go. Everything is gonna be alright

Now this lesson (and scene) is my all-time favorite! We do not have control over all situations in Life. Trust me, I tried. It was exhausting and draining! I guess isa sa mga reasons why I look younger than my age (#charot) is that I already learned the art of letting go. Sa mga call center buddies ko out there, I’m sure familiar na kayo sa phrase na “Ignore and move on”. Over the years, I learned that not all battles are worth fighting for. ‘Wag masyadong patola. Frankly, natatawa na lang ako sa iilang tao na kakilala ko na halos patulan lahat ng issues sa buhay. Ang result? Hayun, mukang losyang na. May mga batchmates nga ako from elementary and high school na kapag nasasalubong ko somewhere, halos hindi ko na makilala kasi they aged horribly. As for me, heto, dyosa pa rin. LOL. On a serious note, just leave the most difficult challenges unto God (or kung ano or sino man yang highest form of entity sa buhay mo). Learn how to accept defeat with all humility. I’ve let go many things, situations, and people throughout my existence. It is never easy, I know. But if I have to do the act of letting go over and over for the better, I will do it. It’s not selfishness. It’s loving one’s self.

How about you? What are the best life lessons you learned from the movie Finding Nemo? I-share nyo naman sa amin. And if you like this article, please show me some love by sharing this to your family and friends.

NOTE: The images above are my artwork but ownership belongs to Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney.

If you want to watch the official trailers of Finding Dory, enjoy watching it below:

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