A dream is a wish your heart makes.
At least, that's what Disney has taught us. A few brave people came to Walt Disney Confessions to share the moments where their hearts made a wish, and a Disney movie came through for them when they needed it.
Trigger warning: this post could contain sensitive content, including suicide, drugs, and alcohol.
You Can't Order Me To Stop Dreaming
I was born with mild Aspergers and believed for a long time that said diagnosis was the reason I kept loving Disney well into my teenage years, since no one else of my age did and teased me about it. Call me surprised when the internet came around and I learned just how normal it was for teenagers and even adults to like Disney, without having any diagnoses. It made me feel a lot less abnormal and moved me a lot. [x]
No Matter How Your Heart Is Grieving
I wish so many Disney characters were real just so I could embrace them when Im lonely and suffering from my severe depressive disorder, like Genie, Cheshire cat and Mad Hatter, Flora Fauna and Merryweather, Pongo and Perdita, Duchess and O'Malley, Sebastian, the list goes on. It breaks my heart that such memorable characters are fiction, an many of their voice actors are dead and gone. [x]
That Was Fun
I'm going to miss Russi Taylor (the current voice of Minnie) when she finally passes away. She is one of those voice actors who really becomes part of your childhood. I do remember listening to a podcast by Geekdad a while ago where she said what her last words would be on her deathbed. She said "Oh well that was fun," referring to her voice acting career which was very sweet and positive. Then she can finally be with Mickey (Wayne Allwine) again who was her husband. [x]
My father is currently in hospital, Im really scared of what could have happened to him. It helps me to watch the Lion King because its one of his favorite movies, he quotes Is that a challenge? every time and I think his favorite quote is Hes gonna get bigger from Timon. Its really nothing but It always made me laugh and right now it comforts me a little. [x]
You're My Best Friend Copper
Recently, my cat passed away. During the time she was sick and afterward, I kept thinking of that song from Fox and the Hound where Tweed lets go of Todd. The song already brought me to tears and now it does more, but it helps too. It reminds they live on in memories, never truly gone. On the side note of healing, I now watch Disney movies with family on Saturdays and that has helped a lot, though Im still not ready to watch Fox and the Hound yet. [x]
Anxiety and Disney are things that I have had since childhood. My dad, stepmum and stepbrother throughout my childhood visited Disneyland a lot when I was growing up. Even up until now, they spent last christmas there. Ive always been invited but because of my travel anxiety I never went and probably will never go to the happiest place on earth. It is too late. [x]
Are You Satisfied With Your Care?
Big Hero 6 saved my life. 3 years ago, I was in a horrible mental place all alone. Every time I had an urge to end my life I would watch the movie and cuddle my Baymax doll. Im in a brighter, happier place now - one I never would have expected or believed can happen - I am so grateful Baymax saved me so I can experience it. I watched the movie with the love of my life the other day and it made me so happy to watch it with him for he loves it too - he is my Baymax. [x]
On The Ceiling
Ed Wynns scene in Mary Poppins made me smile for the first time after a very long period of depression. [x]
Keep Pushing, Bunny
I finally watched Zootopia and I felt like I am practically Judy. Ive been trying so hard to be a locomotive engineer and I just keep trying. I really hope I do get to work as one, but my parents keep telling me to take other lines of work, much like Judys parents trying to coax her to be a carrot farmer. For my birthday, my girlfriend sent me a Judy plushie as a reminder to keep on trying even when it gets tough and my dreams seem too far away. [x]
The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers
As a kid, I always wanted to be like Tigger because he's so much fun. Lately, I've been feeling depressed and scared, and whenever I have fun or make people laugh I feel like it's a lie and I'm in denial. What helps me is thinking about how Tigger can be very sad or afraid, but that doesn't mean he isn't capable of being happy any more, or that his happiness is fake. He gives me hope that eventually it will die down and I'll be able to enjoy life again. [x]
Don't Let Them In, Don't Let Them See
Ive never seen a Disney movie like Frozen before. I know its become passe for a lot of people but for me, it stands as the one Disney film that really felt like it was telling my story at a time I didnt think anyone understood me. Someone struggling with so much fear, anxiety and stress, who has parents that mean well but cause more stress through their ill efforts to help, and who felt isolated for years because they learned to anticipate negative reactions. Looking back all those years later it still means the world to me. [x]
Swift As A Coursing River
When I go to depressive episodes I cant listen to any music- with one exception, Disney music. Its the only thing I can listen to that makes me feel joy. So if you ever pass a 27 year old with jet black hair in a 95 Corsica screaming obnoxiously to Ill Make a Man Out Of You like its my job, give a little wave cause yup thats me. [x]
Dinner Is Served
My favorite Pixar movie is Ratatouille, I love Remy so much and I relate to his passion for cooking and food. Its because of this movie I realized my passion for cooking. [x]
Rapunzel Would Be Proud
For health reasons, I have had to keep my hair short the past three years. Now I am much better and plan to grow it out! Watching Disney Princess movies inspires me to patiently wait for the day, and to give me ideas for cosplay. [x]
A Jolly Holiday
My mother went to jail for a few years when I was a kid, and my Dad usually was never home. I used to wish Mary Poppins would fly in on her magical umbrella to give me a better childhood. When my mom was released, she gave me a really pretty Mary Poppins doll and I still have her by my desk. [x]
When Somebody Loved Me
When I was a kid, Jessie was my favorite. I had a costume and the doll and I always wanted to watch Toy Story 2 more than the first one. As Ive gotten older, I still love her so much and have come to appreciate her even more. I relate to her in a lot of ways. I kind of forgot how much she meant to me until Toy Story of Terror came out a few years ago and I watched it, saw myself in her, was inspired to fight through my fears, and just fell in love with her character all over again. [x]
It Calls Me
As a female asexual/arromantic, I was really happy after watching Moana. I know that there has been other Disney flicks that havent feature any romance, but at a time when I am indecisive about who I am, Moana came out at the right time and encouraged me by saying yes, a young woman can concern herself with other things and be happy all the same. [x]
Fate Is Kind
I look forward to my annual trip to Disney because its the one place where the voice in the back of my head telling me Im useless either shuts up or the Magic there is enough for it not to matter. When I leave, the voice comes back and leaves me with a whole new meaning to Post-Disney Depression. [x]
A Whole New World
I had an eye infection as a kid that landed me in the hospital when I was five, and it was a traumatizing experience at first. But Aladdin came out on VHS while I was there and my Dad got it for me, and as soon as I watched it, I felt so much more relaxed that I think it helped my healing. [x]
Earlier this year, I visited Disneyland Paris during the off-season and had the best ever meet n greet with Mickey Mouse, my favourite character. It involved hand holding, lots of hugs, and the boss himself kept asking me for kisses. Later on, during Magic On Parade, I waved and cheered for Mickey when I saw him, and he blew me kisses in return. I dont know if it was the same mouse friend, but it sure felt like it! Either way, that mouse made my day twice and I love him even more for it. [x]
For The First Time In Forever
One of the highest compliments Ive ever received was when I was staying in Disney World with my family and my dad was explaining how Anna reminded him so much of me. It started with him commenting about how we have the same eyes, and then he ended up telling me that Annas big heart and determination was what really hit him as being me. I almost started crying at the table because he could see things in me that I couldnt see in myself at the time. That was by far a great moment in my life. [x]
I can related to Tiana in the princess and the frog because her dad works long hard and never even though he never got what he wanted. my dad work 12 hour shift and has been working for long time. when she said My Daddy never did get what he wanted. But he had what he needed. He had love. He never lost sight of what was really important. that hit me , my dad could have fancy things , but chose us instead. that what Tiana is my favorite. [x]
A Culinary Cabaret
I struggled with acid aci issues for 10+yrs. I barely felt hunger& had little will to eat. Thinking of"Be Our Guest" helped because Lumiere was so excited about the different foods and making Belle feel comfortable having a tiny bit of each plate. [x]
You Are My Brother
Im 23 and have an 11 year old brother with autism. Some days I get very exhausted and agitated with him. But whenever I think about Brother Bear, and Kenai & Kodas relationship, it brings me closer to my brother. [x]
I would love to have a Disney heroine who is betrayed/ abandoned by her best friend and ends up having a better friend in someone shed never expect. Id love for Disney to show kids that your best friend sometimes isnt even a good friend to begin with and that you shouldnt judge a book by its cover (friendship wise). [x]
Mother Doesn't Know Best
Rapunzels my favorite Disney princess but I cant watch the movie because I get panic attacks when Mother Gothel starts singing mother knows best. Especially whenever she says you know why I keep you in your Tower. and I get flashbacks to my childhood. I wasnt to leave my house there was no food and no heat. While my mother did not abuse us, she did neglect us a great deal. It stuck with me and I hate it. [x]
I love characters I love to hate.
Even when I hate them I can always find the reason they're involved in the story, so I find it difficult to want them to be erased.
Certain characters flaws and the most heinous decisions are written to further story and bolster the audience's love for the heroes.
So as much as we loathe them, we need them; much like our enemies in real life. That is what makes compelling drama.
Redditor u/nekoandCJ wanted to spill the tea on the characters we could do without in our favorite stories by asking:
People of reddit, what fictional character do you hate with a passion?
The list is long for me. It all starts with the guy who shot Bambi's mom. Lord, to this day that is still traumatizing. But she had to go to give Bambi a story. And Michael Douglas's character in "Fatal Attraction," what a putz. He got what he deserved. But how else would we be able to sympathize with Glenn Close? Even though... well y'all get it.
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"Kevin McCallister's uncle… "look what you did you little JERK!"
"Percy from the green mile, that freak can DIE IN THE MENTAL WARD!!"
"That was what was so good, there is a Percy in every large group and more that one in any team where failure isn't punished, like a government job working at a prison. He was a great comment on humanity."
Love Sharon Though
"Ginger from Casino."
"Major kudos to Sharon Stone, her performance made me utterly loathe that character. She was a manipulative junkie who tied her young daughter to a bed so she could go out to score. I wanted to reach through the screen and choke her."
"Loathe the character, but that performance is absolutely god-tier. Helluva an acting job. Her and Pesci just freaking nail it to the stratosphere, playing thoroughly unlikeable characters in the absolute most realistic way. Ginger is the holistic ideal of the gold-digging party girl. And Pesci is that moron Dunning-Kruger guy we all know."
"Manny from Diary of a Wimpy kid I think there's a while subreddit about that little monster."
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"Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. My favorite antagonist ever. Louise Fletcher was perfectly cast for the role, too."
Ohhhh... good choices thus far. Although, I found Sarah Paulson's Ratched more detestable. You know who else is a mess? Elmira Gulch. Love the Wicked Witch. Hate Elmira! Go figure...
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"Livia Soprano made my blood pressure rise every time she was on screen. Great acting. Mission accomplished."
"I will say, I've seen Comic-Con panels with him and his smarta** sense of humor fit Micah perfectly. He may have hated the character, but boy oh boy was he a fantastic casting choice. As were all the main cast, for that matter."
All the Drama
"When I tell you I stood up and cheered when I originally saw Heather from Total Drama Island finally get booted out of the competition. 'Twas a good day."
"Season 1 I HATED her and loved when she lost her hair. But then it was more of a love-hate relationship with her. She's a fun character. Owen, now that monster I hate. Loved him season 1, but then he just got reduced to fat guy who farts and contributes nothing."
"Craig from Malcolm in the Middle. He's a selfish, annoying coward. Like the episode where he's injured and he makes Lois drive all over town to different restaurants for him. I love when the helper monkey turns on him, that's what he gets for treating it like crap. I especially hate the episode where Hal asks Craig to help him buy a comic book for Malcolm."
"And Craig also makes Hal drive him all over town for different meals and treats and gifts, then when Hal dares to ask when they're actually going to the comic book store Craig flips out and demands to be let out of the car and says he won't help Hal anymore. Like come the hell on, I just want to slap him."
"Do you need a cough drop, Dolores?!"
"I loved Umbridge for the simple fact that she brought out McGonagall's savagery like no one else, and it was glorious."
"Voldemort is just another generic, pointlessly evil type of character that only seems to exist in fiction. Umbridge is the type of tight @ssed bureaucrat that mimics the actual villain in many average people's real lives."
This thread could be endless. So many villains and loathesome characters so little time. But Lord the drama is good!
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Everyone has their own little quirks.
What's the weirdest thing you find attractive?
Perhaps the thing you find the most attractive is completely unnoticeable to the average person. As in, if you weren't looking for this one tiny, small, completely negligible thing, you would never notice it.
But these people did.
Whip It Back And Forth
"My wife had shoulder length hair for a while. Once, when I called her name and she did the hair-swish-smile thing, I just about f-cking died from cuteness."
Little Stragglies Of Cuteness
"The neck, when a woman has her hair up and those little bits of hair curl around."
"Seeing a girl have to stand on her tiptoes to do basically anything, especially to hug or kiss me.
I think it's the cutest thing ever"
Then there are those people who find things attractive that, on first viewing, someone else wouldn't see as "Wow, that's a real turn on!" However, you have refined and cultured taste. Of course you'll love it when someone's bones stick out a little bit.
"Collarbones. Can't even explain it. Just a shirt low enough to show a pronounced collarbone."
"Omgyes! Protruding collarbones and (at least imo) hipbones are crazy hot! It doesn't have to do with them being skinny though! Slightly curvy people can also have really nice defined collar- and hipbones!"
Controlling A Massive Machine
"My husband reversing the car. He puts his arm around the passenger seat and looks over his shoulder...."
"Oh, man, I love watching people drive. The arm-around-the-passenger-seat-while-reversing thing for sure, but also just people driving in general. There's just something about that focus people get when they're behind the wheel; the way their expressions are usually passive, but their eyes are attentive... oh man. I'm with you on this one for sure."
Someone Has A Thing For "Teen Wolf"
"Long canines. The teeth, not the species.
Not unnaturally long like vampire fangs, but just enough that they're longer than the rest of the teeth."
"Huh, weirdest compliment I've gotten from a guy before was that he liked my 'pointy teeth.' This was at a bar and it made my coworker do a double take."
Then there's these, which you may not have known did it for you, but after reading these there's no going back. You're hooked, now, and that's okay. Embrace the weirdness.
I See You Are Also An Individual Of Class And Substance
"Chokers, f-ck those things stir up something primal in me"
"Ah I see you also grew up in the 90s and watched buffy the vampire slayer..."
Wait, That Seems Pretty Obvi-Oh, That's Why...
"Guys who wear glasses.
For some reason I think it's sexy when we're making out and he has to take them off."
Seems Like You Like Everything They Do. Which Is Great.
"I like when women have to go pee really bad and do that dance. Yea it's weird.
Or when you successfully feed your girlfriend at the appropriate time of day and she does a little dance or starts humming a song as she's chewing.
I like watching the daily skin care routine as they furiously and rapidly circulate their little raccoon sized hands in various nonsense that I'll never understand"
Everyone is different. Everyone has different tastes. Everyone has things that speak to them. These are all perfectly acceptable, and steering into them might actually help you along as you continue your search for a viable romantic partner. Don't shy away from the things you find sexy. Embrace them. Be happy.
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When we're kids, we expect the adults in our lives to notice everything, know everything, and maintain a just, sound moral order.
Psh, don't hold your breath.
Whether it's a teacher, the parent supervising a playdate, or mom and dad at home, kids expect them to have eyes on the back of their heads.
That way, when a kid gets into a spat with a peer, has something stolen, or feels a quiet emotion, the adult in the room will respond with full knowledge of all the facts at play.
But adults are just human beings with a limited bandwidth in their heads. Half the time they're doing other things when the incident goes down.
So they weigh in as best as they can with the limited info they receive--usually in the form of two screaming children pointing at one another.
Curious to learn about the times when the adult got it wrong, Redditor Butterat_Zool asked:
"What minor injustice was wrought upon you as a child that you're still salty about today?"
Many people talked about times when a prized possession was stolen, destroyed, or squandered. Sure, things are just things.
But to kids they mean a whole lot.
Covering Her Tracks
"We had a special arts and crafts week when I was about six, maybe younger. I made my dad a Christmas stocking out of clay, because I'd always thought it was unjust that he didn't have one. It was going to be my Christmas presents to him."
"I took it to the teacher to show her, and so it could be fired later. She methodically destroyed it by balling it up in her hands, and then tried to put it down to a brain fart. I was shocked, but mostly I wanted a replacement stocking, since it was meant to be a gift. I asked her to remake it for me, since she, a teacher, would be allowed to use the clay any time, but I only had a few minutes left."
"The next day I was told I'd been bad and I wasn't allowed to participate in the arts and crafts week any more, and that was that."
No Help From Pa
"When I was 4 I had a little red rocking horse necklace. It was my favourite. I wore it to a puppet show my dad took me to one day and took it off and put it beside me."
"The kid next to me picked it up and wouldn't give it back. We fought."
"My dad told her dad he didn't recognize the necklace and let her take it. I'm 45 and still salty."
In-School Pawn Shop
"Teacher took my 2ft long pencil and sold it to another student."
"Yup. A few teachers at that school sold supplies like pencils to students. It just so happened that this one was taken from me because it was 'too distracting' "
All Them Nintendos
"When I was younger I wanted a Sega Dreamcast. My parents wouldn't just buy it for me, since 'I already had enough Nintendos.' I got a job at Hollywood Video. I couldn't even drive yet, so I would ride my BMX to work in my tuxedo uniform."
"When I saved enough money, I told my parents I was going to buy it myself. They told me no. When I asked why, they said it was to teach me that I can't always get what I want, even if I can afford it."
"I bought one anyway and successfully hid it from them. Every night when I went to 'bed,' I'd hook up the Dreamcast and play as quietly as possible. I still give them sh** for that decision, but they stand by it."
Other people fixated on the times an adult embarrassed them in front of multiple people. Of all the examples given, these are enough to make you really worry about some of the people watching kids out there.
"We were on a field trip to some Washington forest and the ranger started asking about products that grow in or are made from forests."
"3rd grade me who had just discovered in some Ranger Rick article that latex rubber comes from tree trunks confidently raised my hand to share."
" 'Uh rubber from trees, now that doesn't sound right does it' and she moved onto another. 35 years later and the salt is still there."
"In 4th grade our teacher told us to write a paper about what we thought of our school, now our school wasn't great and I was homeschooled up until that year and struggling with the change so wrote about my frustrations and how I was generally unhappy with it..."
"...and she insulted me in front of everybody until the point that I cried and then told me I should get up and read the paper to the class, I refused and she made me rewrite that paper until it was positive, you know instead of trying too help me with the problems I had"
Don't Cross a Paleo Nerd
"I was failed on an essay in English class because my interpretation was incorrect. The poet was describing an airplane and they asked us to figure how what it was being interpreted or anthropomorphized as."
"I was a paleo nerd and chose a pterosaur, because the author described the engines as screeching, and heaving, wings outstretched but still, etc. This was in 6th grade and in my essay I wrote 'and pterosaurs weren't like modern birds, they certainly didn't chirp!' "
"The teacher specifically read my essay out loud to the class as an example of something bad and wrong and 'incorrect.' She also didn't know what a pterosaur was or how you say pterodactyl. Big Salt could mine me until the sun explodes."
And finally, others shared the times they found themselves doing the wrong thing, in the wrong place, at the wrong time. The adult only saw a snippet of a much broader context of behavior.
And the minimal knowledge led them to punish exactly the wrong person.
"Someone's phone went off in class, so teacher demanded that person turn their phone it. No one budges. She holds us in class for a good 20 minutes into the next period antagonizing us about this phone that rung. Eventually she let us go and warned all other teachers about this phone incident."
"My 8th period teacher then gets involved and antagonizes us all again. Said he was gonna stand out in the hall and whoever knows anything to report to him. Some kid went out there and said it was my phone. I got yelled at, got written up for Saturday detention, and later that year found out the kid who told on me was the one who's phone rung in class."
The One Time
"In kindergarten, we sat on this foam mat made out of large puzzle pieces, and we were all assigned one. My puzzle neighbor, Tommy, threw his garbage onto my square. Every time I pushed it off, he'd put it back."
"I eventually got mad and told him to knock it off, and the teacher noticed and yelled at me for throwing garbage into his square. I sat out for the rest of the day and my pin was brought down to 'bad day'. I accidentally broke his nose on the metal spider a few weeks after during tag, though."
Pulled In to the Chatter Hole
"Once a week, in kindergarten, they would pick a name of a kid who would win a toy. Only good kids could participate."
"I was alway a good kid, but not really lucky. My name got picked only once in the whole year. That day, unfortunately for me, I was next to a kid who would not shut up during the lesson. I spoke once to ask him to please stop talking. Guess who the teacher chose to punish for disturbing the lesson? That's right. Me. Didn't get my toy."
Until some kind of horrifying technology comes out that allows adults to see and know every facet of their child's existence, tiny injustices like this will proliferate.
But perhaps those couple slights are totally worth the freedom of adults that don't know everything we're up to.
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Modern medicine is a marvel. It's the reason why we've been able to effectively eradicate some serious diseases and improve the quality of health care around the world. When you take these two things into consideration, it's easy to see why vaccine hesitancy can be such a frustrating topic for people right now.
Many people would not be able to survive without the benefits of modern medicine. That's what we learned after Redditor forevernostalgic23 asked the online community,
"If modern medicine didn't exist what medical condition would have died from or been severely impacted by?"
"Bad vision alone would have made me terrible at most things."
I had bad vision until my early 20s. I second this.
"I would have had a very short life..."
"I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age seven. I would have had a very short life without modern medicine."
Having known many people who live with diabetes, I am glad that they are still here.
"I probably would have died..."
"I probably would have died at 6 years old from strep throat."
This is a big one: In the past, it commonly killed many people. And guess what, it still does? The CDC estimates approximately 11,000 to 24,000 cases of invasive group A strep disease occur each year in the United States, with 1,200 to 1,900 of those cases resulting in death.
"I was born..."
"I was born with a bilateral abdominal hernia and amniotic fluid in my lungs, no way I would have survived infancy without modern medicine."
"My brother and I..."
My brother and I were bitten by a rabid farm kitten when we were 6 and 4 years old. Without the foresight of my grandfather who had the cat tested and modern medicine creating the vaccine, my parents would be childless."
Frightening! I saw Cujo as a child and that told me all I needed to know about rabies, thank you very much.
"I would have gone deaf..."
"I would have gone deaf from recurrent ear infections as a child and then died at 14 from pneumonia."
"But since that..."
"I was born two months premature, so I'd likely not survive that in an earlier era. But since that, nothing."
"Mom and Dad..."
"The way I was born. Mom and Dad had to feed me through a tube down my nose the first year and a half."
"If the recurrent..."
"If the recurrent tonsillitis didn't get me, my appendix would have been the end of me as a teen."
"Neither kiddo nor I..."
"Giving birth. Neither kiddo nor I would be alive without emergency surgery."
Amazing, right? Be grateful for modern medicine––there are new developments each and every day. And who knows what the future has in store for us? Will there be a cure for cancer? Alzheimer's disease and dementia? The sky's the limit.
Have some stories of your own? Feel free to tell us about them in the comments section below!