Sunday Social: What Aladdin & Genie Taught Me

Sunday, September 06, 2015

I re-visited the world of one of my favorite Disney films today--Aladdin. I was sort of feeling low and lazy that I opted to watch this to feel better while multitasking at its finest by blog-hopping and reviving my Youtube account at the same time.

Moving on to the sole purpose of writing this post--on what Aladdin taught me; specifically, Genie. It's hard to pretend to be someone you are not. I imagine it to be so uncomfortable and complicated that eventually, your lies will keep piling up that even you can't keep up. I don't understand why people have to pretend and lie to themselves to fit in when they can always find the right bunch to love them just the way they are.

That's why as I mentioned on a previous post, I don't like it when people try too hard. I don't know if you are too, but I sort of get that strong feeling when people are not being genuine as they project themselves to be. That's why I dodge them whenever I could because I don't have the patience to deal with bull*. I won't even feed their ego and won't play charades of liking them, too, when I really don't. That's how it is and how it should be. We could be civil but not to the extent of being pretentious.

I'm not saying that I am perfect. The thought of trying to be like this and that have swayed my mind before--during the days were peer pressure and temptations were rampant: college. I've been asking myself why I can't go out like how others do it. Would it make me cool and popular, too, if I tried? But I will always be reminded of how a homebody I am. How I enjoy having alone time in my room while reading a good book. How I prefer a gathering at home with friends while catching up, telling random stories, whether it maybe funny or full of nostalgia. How I prefer bonding over board games than drinking the night away. How I prefer singing my heart out in a karaoke without slobbering the microphone with what I ate an hour before. How I can say no to a drink when I don't feel like it. You get the picture.

Disclaimer: The previous paragraph was just an example of how I dealt with the thought of trying to be someone I'm not when the temptation arose.

All I'm trying to say is that, as cliché as it may sound, it's better to be yourself, love yourself more, and try to know yourself. It's not easy, but you'll be surprised on what you can do, what interests you, the changes you'll encounter without truly losing the real you. Like how Aladdin eventually realized that he shouldn't pretend to be a prince just to make Princess Jasmine fall for him. If she truly loves him, Princess Jasmine will love Aladdin whether he truly was a prince or the street rat she knew. With or without your flaws, those who love you will still feel the same way about you.

That's it for today! I'm being called for dinner! Happy Sunday!

Love lots, xx

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