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5 Amazing Things About Life We Learn From Toy Story

5 Amazing Things About Life We Learn From Toy Story

Toy Story is one of the most iconic Disney movie series ever created. It explores imagination, takes adults back to their childhood while helping children explore their own childhood, and it brings up just about every emotion you can think of. We’ve laughed with the toys, cried, been nervous for them, and smiled at happy endings. Toy Story has become such a way of life that we can even check our signs to see if we’re a Toy Story kid.

With all of this Toy Story lovin’, here are 10 things that only people who love Toy Story understand.

1. There’s flying–and then there’s falling with style

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Buzz and Woody Flying

    Everybody wants to fly in life, to soar to the greatest heights and have complete control over life. But Buzz Lightyear shows us very fantastically that flying isn’t always a possibility, but no matter what obstacles you encounter (such as a ball right in the middle of your landing path) you can always fall with style.

    2. A true friend will always stand by your side

    Andy and Woody

      There’s really no movie that displays this better than the Toy Story series. These friends go on adventures that involve the greatest dangers any toy can encounter. I mean think about how scary it was for the toys to get to Al’s Toy Barn in hopes of rescuing one of their own! In every movie they stick their parts on the line to make sure they can always save their friends.

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       3. Everybody has a heart

      Toy Story - Wheezy

        If you’re a lover of Toy Story, then you know that no matter how tiny the toy, each one has their very own heart. Even the ones that were left behind to collect dust on the shelf, like poor Wheezy. Everyone has feelings and a heart, and we should all remember that about every person, animal, and toy that we meet.

        4. Remember to always be a kid

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        Andy playing

          As we watch Andy grow from the second to the third movie, it almost hurts our hearts when he no longer imagines the toys and their adventures. Until we get to the end of the third, when he is handing off his toys and his memories. Then suddenly he is reminded, as are we, that no matter how old you are, you’re always a kid at heart.

          5. Live life to infinity and beyond

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            You don’t have to be a Toy Story lover to know the phrase, “To infinity and beyond!” but it’s the lovers of these movies who truly get it. Anyone who loves these movies knows to keep this saying in mind when living life, that you need to live life to the farthest reaches of the galaxy–and then go beyond!

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            Last thing only great fans would understand: You haven’t cried harder tears than those of the third movie

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              If you’ve been a lover of Toy Story, especially since the beginning, then when the ending of Toy Story 3 beings, the tears start falling hard. Ugly crying begins as soon as we think the lives of the toys are in peril in the garbage and continue as Andy hands his toys off to the next generation. The tears don’t really stop until the credits are rolling, and we realize that these toys aren’t just toys from a movie. They’re a part of our lives and a part of our growing up, and we have a hard time saying goodbye.

              Luckily for us, Toy Story lovers don’t have to say goodbye much longer! Toy Story 4 is in production and is slated to be hitting theaters in 2018, giving us a whole new adventure with our favorite friends.

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              Last Updated on January 21, 2020

              The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

              The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

              Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

              your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                Why You Need a Vision

                Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                How to Create Your Life Vision

                Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                What Do You Want?

                The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                Some tips to guide you:

                • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                • Give yourself permission to dream.
                • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                Some questions to start your exploration:

                • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                • What qualities would you like to develop?
                • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                • What would you most like to accomplish?
                • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                A few prompts to get you started:

                • What will you have accomplished already?
                • How will you feel about yourself?
                • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                • What does your ideal day look like?
                • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                • What would you be doing?
                • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                • How are you dressed?
                • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                Plan Backwards

                It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                • What important actions would you have had to take?
                • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

                Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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