I saved this one for last because it has perhaps the most elating, inspirational, and encouraging quote I’ve ever heard.
We’ve already been over the premise of this movie. Marlin and Dory form an unlikely friendship and travel across the ocean to find Marlin’s son, Nemo, who was abducted by divers and placed in an aquarium at a dentist’s office in Sydney, Australia.
Early on in their journey, however, they run into a number of challenges that includes a shark trying to eat them, a bloom of jellyfish, and an angler fish that comes close to devouring them.
Marlin becomes all the more discouraged and fed up through each trial, but Dory remains optimistic about the journey. At one point in the movie, she delivers “the line” that defines the movie when she says:
“Hey, Mr. Grumpy Gills. When life gets you down, you know what you gotta do? Just keep swimming.”
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It’s not only the line of the movie, but also a line for life as a whole. When you suffer struggles or loss, you can’t let it get the best of you. You can’t allow it to weigh you down and drag you away from your ultimate goals. Instead, you have to keep persevering.
With the pause in the 2019-20 NHL season, there’s no more Dallas Stars hockey to write about, broadcast, create content for, or talk about. That’s a difficult pill for all involved to swallow, and it’s the same for everyone across the sports world.
We’re all in this together right now, and that means it will take a team effort to get out of it. Just like an effort a team would use to get through a tough stretch, everyone has to pull their own weight. In addition to that, we have to keep swimming in pursuit of our ultimate goal, which is returning to reality.
As it turns out, Pixar can do a lot more than give a person of any age a few laughs for 90 minutes. There are life lessons, motives, and ideas that can be adopted in the pursuit of a happy life.
And while life in its current state is fraught with confusion and uncertainty, it’s important to take a look at the simple things (like a kid’s movie) and enjoy them for what they are worth. You might even learn something new along the way.
So whether you are Joy trying to save your inner sanity and figure out the value and meaning of Sadness, Dory or Arlo trying to fight through personal struggles, Mr. Fredricksen attempting to live out his dreams of adventure even in the face of danger, or Marlin thinking about giving up on his quest, there’s a way for you to do something worthwhile that can help us in the fight to regain normalcy.
Just keep swimming.