I’ve already professed my love for Disney’s new movie Moana and talked about the Moana soundtrack being on constant repeat on social media. There’s a reason I’m okay with listening to the music over and over again, and it’s not just because the Moana lyrics are catchy.
My husband and I have had numerous conversations about life lessons sparked either from watching the movie or listening to the music, and that to me means it was a great movie.
Any movie that can get me talking and thinking about my life is a good one. I’m not surprised it was nominated for the Golden Globe for best animated movie and best original song!
6 Life Lessons We Can Learn from Moana Lyrics
What is wrong with me? (There’ll You Go)
This may be the line that stands out to me the most out of all of them, so I’m starting with it. Moana sings this line in How Far I’ll Go (clip of the Golden Globe nominated original song below) after singing about how she wants to be happy with her role like everyone else but just can’t get the sea out of her mind.
She’s different than the other people on the island who are happy on the island, and she’s wondering what’s wrong with her. I can’t say that I haven’t had this exact thought numerous times over the past three years.
The answer? Nothing. Nothing is wrong with any of us. We are all different than one another in some way, and I wish different wasn’t synonymous with right or wrong.
The people you love will change you, the things you have learned will guide you. (I Am Moana)
Grandmas always seem to have the right thing to say, and Moana’s grammy is especially wise. There’s not much I can say about this one other than live, love, and learn from your experiences.
You must find happiness where you are (Where You Are)
Happiness can always be found where you are right now. It’s not going to find you when you lose weight or when you move to another city or when you do this and that.
It’s wherever you are if you allow it to be. Happiness is a choice, and we can choose to be happy wherever, with whatever, and with whomever.
This doesn’t mean give up and stop reaching for other things – just realize happiness isn’t dependent on those other things. Be happy while you’re reaching and pushing forward.
But this does not define you, this is not who you are. (Know Who You Are)
No matter what happens to us, even if someone steals the heart from inside of us, we can’t let it define us and turn us into someone else. Know who you are and be who you are, not who others are trying to make you become.
I’ve been standing at the edge of the water…never really knowing why. (How Far I’ll Go)
I paraphrased this lyric but the basic idea is that Moana is constantly drawn back to the edge of the water and has no clue why; it just calls to her.
Just like sometimes we feel the need or feel inspired to do something without ever having any idea why. Sometimes we find out later and sometimes we never know.
And sometimes the reward for taking a leap of faith into the unknown is greater than we ever could have imagined.
I am Moana! (I am Moana)
Moana sings this line after thinking carefully about who she is, and that’s important. It’s too easy to get lost in the sea of comparison, to forget who we are and what we stand for.
In this moment Moana announces I am Moana and she knows what that means.
What does it really mean when you say I am [enter your own name here]? Are you a mom? A blogger? A Disney lover? A die-hard runner? A person who loves their family?
If someone asked who you are, could you tell them? And if not, why not? This is one of my goals for the year – to figure out who I am and what it means to be me.