My favorite song in “Tangled” is ‘I’ve Got a Dream’. It is not the best song musically. It doesn’t really further the plot. It’s job is to provide some comic relief and it does that job well. Beyond that, however, the song speaks to me. Yes it is funny that the big, burly, and dangerous men have softer sides that they don’t show. More than that, though is the idea that there is more to people than perhaps they are allowed to show. For whatever reason, these people needed a catalyst to break them from the life in which they were trapped. Repunzel’s courage to find her dream inspired them to do the same.
I don’t like change. I am a creature of habit. So much so that I packed the exact same sandwich for lunch for 2 1/2 years (ham & swiss). It was my favorite. There was no reason to do something else. It worked for me. I actually changed my lunch bag more often than my sandwich. Then one day I was standing at the deli counter looking at the sale items and I order salami. The next thing you know I was buying pickles and spicy mustard. Different cheeses were next and then I was building my own club sandwiches. Before I knew it I wasn’t even packing a sandwich every day. I started taking leftovers and Hot Pockets and microwavable soups. Everything was fair game, even my old standard ham & swiss sandwich. It is a funny story, but it is also a true story. I tell myself that it was just a sandwich and it was, but there are so many other things in my life that become just as stagnant without someone or something to change them up.
Change is a scary thing even when the change is something we want. We like the way things are. Most of us have gone out of our way to create the lives that we lead. Something works well, so we do it again. We develop habits that become patterns. Those patterns become the basis of our daily life, repeated over and over until that are just how things are. Before you know it there are the Seven Words of Doom — “That’s the way I’ve always done it.” You’re stuck with a ham & swiss sandwich every day and don’t even realize you miss salami.
In a world that seems to be constantly in flux, we like to hold onto those things which seem safe and constant. But safe and constant are also stagnant and limiting. We forget that to grow and change we must take risks and step outside our safe place. Maybe it’s a simple as trying something new, maybe we need to do something drastic. Letting go of safe can feel like the wrong choice and maybe it is, but we cannot know unless we try. Dreams cannot be realized without risk and change. Like our unfortunate thugs in “Tangled”, sometimes we are just too scared or too entrenched to make that bold move. it is easier to stay with what we know even if it doesn’t make us happy. Sometimes we need to take a leap of faith in order to more fully become the people we are called to be.
Put down the battleaxe or the ham sandwich and pick up something new and different that brings you joy. You never know what you might find instead.
They’ve got a dream!
We’ve got a dream!
So our diff ‘rences ain’t
really that extreme!
We’re one big team…!
Call us brutal —
And grotesquely optimistic
‘Cause way down deep inside
We’ve got a dream!