runDisney. Can you imagining running through Disney World? Starting under the SpaceshipEarth at Epcot, through the Magic Kingdom, around the Seven Seas Lagoon? When I think about it I can actually well up in tears, okay, disclaimer: I do cry at some point during every half marathon I have completed (six if you really want to know) and not because I am in pain but because of how incredibly inspiring all the other runners are and how amazing it is for me, to know that I am actually accomplishing something I worked so hard for. Couple that with running at truly magical place, Disney World and well, I’ll be in tears for the entire 13.1 miles I am sure.
I was first introduced to The Little Mermaid in 1989 but not by the movie, well not yet, my first encounter was as a freshman in College, I was in a haze in the library getting ready to study for my first college test, I got bored and randomly started looking through the bookshelves and stumbled upon the book The Little Mermaid from Hans Christian Andersen. I knew the title sounded familiar (the movie came out the same year) so I grabbed the book, found a comfortable nook and read the short but very tragic tale of The Little Mermaid. I remember walking away shocked at how tragic the story was and how brave this mermaid was- she was not afraid of sacrificing her life for what she believed in. When the movie came out a few months later, I was looking forward to see if Disney would still keep an element of the darkness in this animated movie but the moment I laid eyes on Ariel and Flounder, it didn’t matter I was hooked. I just loved Flounder, he was adorable, and fun, but I truly connected with Ariel’s curious nature, how incredibly protective she is over those she loved, and how she wasn’t afraid to give up something she loved for something she truly believed in, she was a typical American Teenager (under the sea that is!) and at 18 years old, I felt like I was Ariel.