I was 6 when those planes destroyed the Twin Towers. And I’m sorry to say I don’t remember any of it. All I know is that because of that day, because of 9/11, airport security is ridiculous. Innocent Muslims get called terrorists and are attacked simply because of their beliefs and that those nutballs responsible for that tragedy identify themselves with Islam.

I spent the rest of my childhood, and am now an adult, in a post 9/11 world. 15 years after we lost the lives of so many valuable Americans and I’m still scared of turning on the television. What will come on? More accusations on Hillary Clinton? On Donald Trump? More distrust between people of different values and beliefs, because everybody’s still scared?

It makes me want to cry. More importantly, it makes me want to go to Disney.

 

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Mouse Guide to Walt

Yes, Disney has its faults just like every other American industry. Yes, there are questionable motives behind each new Disney Princess they make, and meanwhile most Disney Princes seem cookie cutter at best. There’s a lot of grievances against the Disney corporation and sometimes for good reason.

But “Disney Dissers” are missing the point. It’s not about the blatant and awkward song sequences or the sometimes offensive character designs. What’s more important to us Disney lovers is the feeling of hope that we sometimes can’t find anywhere else – not even with our family and friends. Whenever I go to Disney World or Disney Land I always want to spend more time walking down Main Street and in Fantasyland because the atmosphere is just that strong and resonant with my soul. I’m home.

I’m not trying to come off as some Disney “holier-than-thou” cretin. I guess what I’m trying to say is that, in times like these, let’s not be afraid to go back to what makes us feel safest and loved.


 

On a happier note, I’m back in business! This semester has been crazy the past couple of weeks, so posting won’t be as frequent as it used to be. 🙁

But I will keep posting, and I just want to say ‘thanks’ to everyone who’s been with me so far! Your words of encouragement have been awesome to hear, and I love that everyone I’ve talked to about my blog has been so supportive!

Don’t know what my official posting schedule will be like yet, but you can bet I’m not letting this blog go anytime soon. Thanks again to everyone and I can’t wait to see what this school year will bring!

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