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COLD AS ICE!!! My Take on Disney's Frozen and its Powerful Analogies to Real Life

Updated on October 29, 2014
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I’ve heard so much talk about Disney’s Frozen from adults that it piqued my interest. For one, I’ve only heard adults talk about it, I mean, isn’t it a kids movie? What was the big deal? Then someone else told me that it’s worth watching because of the powerful messages it had. I just finished watching it and I am amazed. Disney really hit it on the head this time! I decided to do my own take on the movie, what it meant to me and what we can take from it.

An ice-wall. Hopefully this doesn't describe the person you've become as a result of life.
An ice-wall. Hopefully this doesn't describe the person you've become as a result of life. | Source

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Those Barriers and Monsters

Elsa, the main character in the movie is a beautiful queen with a serious problem. Everything she touches turns into ice. She’s had this “gift” her whole life but was scarred as a child when she accidentally injured her sister, Anna while they were playing. That incident among other occurrences caused her to become extremely insecure about her ability to freeze things. It became so bad over the years that she had to distance herself from everyone for fear of hurting them. Her perception of herself caused others to see her that way to the point where she ran from her own kingdom and isolated herself in the woods, surrounded by her self-built ice kingdom, all alone.

Elsa is not a bad person, but she was definitely perceived that way. Why? Well, for one the incident with her sister as a child was a doorway for an insecure seed to be planted. I don’t know about you but I can definitely relate with Elsa. Things happen in childhood that can affect us for the rest of our lives – if we let them. Of course she didn’t mean to hurt her sister, she felt terrible about it and never got over it. The guilt stemmed into insecurity which stemmed into other unhealthy habits that affected how she felt about herself. Unfortunately, that’s where a lot of bad seeds are planted – in childhood. We’re not old or mature enough to handle it properly and it establishes itself in our emotions, personalities and mindsets. Elsa’s fears, self-doubt and insecurities had literally build a monster to keep people away – even the ones she loved!

Over the years, many unhealthy seeds grew in me and they never really manifested themselves until it mattered – in relationships. My friends, family and even co-workers were affected by my insecurities because the end result was a negative, defensive attitude. At times I isolated myself and didn’t even know how I ended up there. I didn’t mean to, but I knew it was a matter of me making a decision to reconnect. But before doing any of that, I had to deal with the walls I had put up over the years. I had grown so comfortable with them; they were my security blanket. No one could hurt me and no one could say I hurt them. Very destructive and dangerous to be this way. Like Elsa, I had to make a decision to let go…and stop being so cold!

"Frozen" character Elsa, at her height of icy coldness!
"Frozen" character Elsa, at her height of icy coldness! | Source

Isolation

When it comes to negative vibes and victim mentality, no one wants to be around you after a while. Elsa’s problem got so bad after a while she lost complete control of her freezing capabilities. She froze the entire kingdom and a permanent winter had set in, making everyone miserable as the struggled to stay warm. Her negativity had that much power. It got to the point where they wanted her to die for the destruction she was causing. The bad part is, she didn’t even realize how much damage she’d done! Elsa was so caught up in herself, her misery and what was going on with her she didn’t realize that the entire kingdom was suffering at her expense. This is what isolation does and the effects are detrimental. Is it worth staying upset with someone? Is it worth reminiscing over and over again about something that happened to you as a child and how it made you feel? I believe everyone has the capability to overcome that barrier. I was once there; I couldn’t get past certain events in my life, nor could I get over the hurt I felt when it happened.

Whether you talk it over with God, get it down in writing and/or get counseling for it, at some point you HAVE to look within. Yes, things happened to you early in life, but it doesn’t define your life journey – at all! Yet we drag these memories everywhere we go to the point where it affects innocent people. Not to make this a self-beat up session, but the reality is everyone is where they’re at today because of decisions they made along the way. Whether you’re in a great place or trying to fight things you’re struggling with, at some point you have to acknowledge your role in your pit falls. It wasn’t easy for me to accept my responsibility in failures and setbacks, but I did. I took what I did and learned from it – and I try my best to make sure that no one pays for something that has nothing to do with them. This is where I will take a minute to talk about Elsa’s sister, Anna. She was definitely the more free-spirited, open sister. She didn’t over think things before making decisions. She wasn’t afraid to step out and take a chance. She definitely had her disappointments though. She fell in love with someone who didn’t love her back. Did that stop her from having hope? Nope. She didn’t hold the failed relationship against anybody. Her open heart definitely paid off for her!

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Let it Go!

One of the songs performed during the movie, couldn’t have been more fitting for the take-home message. We can go along pointing fingers at people or situations, feel sorry for ourselves and expect everyone else to do the same. The fact of the matter is that’s not going to happen; for one it won’t change the misery you’re in and it won’t change what has already taken place. Let it go. You’ve convinced people for years that you’re a permanent victim. Believe it or not they’re starting to get tired of it and don’t have the energy to continue feeling sorry for you. Start a new chapter. Heck, in some cases don’t even turn the page; just throw the book out!

Again, I know for a fact that it is not easy. You’ll take a few steps of progress and then – a setback happens. That is okay. Don’t let that hold you back. You are entitled to start over and learn from mistakes. Elsa had to let go of the pain. Enough had been enough. So much damage had been done, she chased away people that she loved, and they ended being struck by her self-destructive behavior. There’s a scene where Elsa’s anger causes her to accidentally strike her sister again – this time in the heart. Her sister starts to die slowly from the ice that has taken over her heart and freeze her entire body.

Folks, be careful of how much you let anger fester. If you don’t let go, it starts to affect everyone and it’s not worth the pain – or the loss. Elsa almost lost her dear sister Anna because she wouldn’t let go. Fortunately, she realized she did have control over her emotions, and because of an act of love, she wasted no time starting over.

Let and let love in. It feels so good!
Let and let love in. It feels so good! | Source
Free yourself - break out of that shell and live life!
Free yourself - break out of that shell and live life! | Source

Deciding to Love = Freedom

As Elsa is being chased down by the kingdom’s authorities, her relentless sister, Anna is trying to reach out to her sister before it’s too late. Mind you Anna was dying from her icy condition, yet was still out in the forest looking for her beloved sister. Suddenly, Anna sees one of the armed men coming after her sister to take her life. Anna immediately musters up the little strength she had to run in between the guard’s sword and he sister – but the sword doesn’t strike Anna because she’s turned frozen solid at this point. The ice had taken over her body completely as she stood frozen in between the point of the sword and her sister Elsa – she had saved her sister’s life! Elsa didn’t know what to do with herself. She was completely broken by the act of love her sister had just displayed. She hugs the cold, icy statue of her sister and breaks down, moved by her sister’s unconditional love. What does this do – heal Elsa from herself! But the flow of love doesn’t stop there. The same hands that accidentally froze her sister’s heart are the same hands that brought her back to life through a warm, loving embrace!

Yes, Anna’s love broke Elsa, but it was up to Elsa to receive that love and be set free. In the end she was able to realize she had the power to let go and make a difference for the better. She healed herself, then healed the kingdom from its frozen misery.

This cartoon wasn’t that far-fetched from real life. It isn’t until we chose to let go and make room for love we’ll be miserable and not get very far in life. The fear, self-hate and insecurity can be healed by an act of love. Not just from someone else, but by you. Step “out of yourself” and make a difference in someone’s life. Let go of the painful past and forgive. Once your heart opens, other amazing doors will be open for you as well.

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      Aki 2 years ago

      My daughter of 15 seems to have NDPH for 2 1/2 years. She was so alive until this hit her. We think this streatd from the Chicken Pox or maybe Mono. Her whole nervous system has been messed up. We have been to every type of Doctor you can think of. Her headaches start out around 4-5 in the morning and increase to level 7-9 at night before bed. We have tried every migrain medicine on the market but not one help the headache. We go to the emergency room sometimes 2 times a week. The doctors won't even admit her any longer. Some narcotics work the first time bringing the levels down from 9-10 to 3-4. The next time we go it does not work. She seems to get resistant to the drugs after first use. She is nauseous all the time and is no longer going to school. We are going to look into a spinal leak or possibly neck issues. She had a nerve caterized in her next with no luck. One treatment we hope to try is a lidocain or ketamine infusion. I was wondering if anyone has tried these for their headaches. The Childrens hospital in Seattle is using lidocaine infusion with some successs. There is a pain clinic in Salt Lake City that is using the Ketamine Infusions because they last longer (up to 3 months). We have tried the triptons, erogots, and every other type of medicine. She was put on a pain patch this last week but I don't think it will help at all. Her pain tolerance has been affected also. She had an outpatient surgury to remove the galblader that should have been an out patient procedure. She was in the hospital for a week with so much pain. I will never stop looking for an answer to this. There has to be one. I am so tired of the doctors where we live. They think it is in her head and don't think she is in as much pain as she portrays. Make me so mad. I am glad i found this site but it made me even more sad and hopeless.

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      Ania 2 years ago

      Hi Lindsay and Amy,I really hope you reply even thoguh it has been 2 years since you\’ve posted on here… I\’m so glad to have found this site. My name is Nichole and I am almost 23 years old, I have suffered with NDPH since I was 16. I was a Sophomore in high school, it was near the end of 2006 when I got sick with bronchitis and the flu and coughed and coughed and noticed I had a really terrible headache with it. Once the sickness went away I noticed that the migraine, that pain in my head that had been so foreign to me prior to this, had not gone away, and still has not to this day… I had to be home schooled and quit all of my sports I was a part of… My \”friends\” went on with their lives and forgot about me while I had a constant 24/7 pain that I could not get rid of no matter how hard I tried or how much it killed me, physically and mentally. We began with Chiropractors, decompression machines, adjustments, etc. I traveled hours to probably 20 different Chiropractors that all said that they knew what I had and exactly how to treat it. I\’ve tried natural supplements, over the counter medications, 6 Occipital nerve blocks in the back of my head, massage, diets of no wheat, no gluten, no sugar, vegan only, all with no progress. My family understands the pain and how I can be \”ok\” one minute but then pick up something slightly too heavy, walk a little too fast, sit down a little too hard and I will have to be in my room with blankets over my windows and absolutely no sound because the pain is so unbearable. It is so frustrating because I too feel like a burden, like ok you have a headache so what? Why can\’t you stay out late or get up early or work long shifts or run around and be active? But it is so much more than a headache… It\’s become a way of life and although I think I handle it well I know that deep down I am depressed and deeply saddened by it because anytime I stop to think about it or talk to anyone about it I cry instantly. Lindsay, I too have tried the things you have with no help and at Cleveland Clinic where they did my nerve blocks they told me about the program where you stay there for an amount of time. My option they told me about when staying there was a few weeks, they would put me on all these medications and steroid medications, have physical therapy and counseling as well. They also said the FDA would soon be approving the Botox injections, I\’m sorry those did not help you either… NDPH has altered my life drastically, I can\’t work as much, I can\’t run around and just be free, I can\’t take a full load of classes at a time… Basically I just want to thank you for having this site Amy, it is really more helpful than you know, just knowing that I\’m not the only one to suffer from this and that I\’m not the only one that has this pain to think about every single second of every day…Bless you and bless all your readers, may you all find relief from the pain -Nichole

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      Daneli 2 years ago

      Hi Lindsay and Amy I really hope you reply even thguoh it has been 2 years since you've posted on here I'm so glad to have found this site. My name is Nichole and I am almost 23 years old, I have suffered with NDPH since I was 16. I was a Sophomore in high school, it was near the end of 2006 when I got sick with bronchitis and the flu and coughed and coughed and noticed I had a really terrible headache with it. Once the sickness went away I noticed that the migraine, that pain in my head that had been so foreign to me prior to this, had not gone away, and still has not to this day I had to be home schooled and quit all of my sports I was a part of My friends went on with their lives and forgot about me while I had a constant 24/7 pain that I could not get rid of no matter how hard I tried or how much it killed me, physically and mentally. We began with Chiropractors, decompression machines, adjustments, etc. I traveled hours to probably 20 different Chiropractors that all said that they knew what I had and exactly how to treat it. I've tried natural supplements, over the counter medications, 6 Occipital nerve blocks in the back of my head, massage, diets of no wheat, no gluten, no sugar, vegan only, all with no progress. My family understands the pain and how I can be ok one minute but then pick up something slightly too heavy, walk a little too fast, sit down a little too hard and I will have to be in my room with blankets over my windows and absolutely no sound because the pain is so unbearable. It is so frustrating because I too feel like a burden, like ok you have a headache so what? Why can't you stay out late or get up early or work long shifts or run around and be active? But it is so much more than a headache It's become a way of life and althguoh I think I handle it well I know that deep down I am depressed and deeply saddened by it because anytime I stop to think about it or talk to anyone about it I cry instantly. Lindsay, I too have tried the things you have with no help and at Cleveland Clinic where they did my nerve blocks they told me about the program where you stay there for an amount of time. My option they told me about when staying there was a few weeks, they would put me on all these medications and steroid medications, have physical therapy and counseling as well. They also said the FDA would soon be approving the Botox injections, I'm sorry those did not help you either NDPH has altered my life drastically, I can't work as much, I can't run around and just be free, I can't take a full load of classes at a time Basically I just want to thank you for having this site Amy, it is really more helpful than you know, just knowing that I'm not the only one to suffer from this and that I'm not the only one that has this pain to think about every single second of every day Bless you and bless all your readers, may you all find relief from the pain -Nichole

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      Musu Bangura 3 years ago from Nation's Capital

      I wasn't that excited about it in the beginning either. In fact I ignored it until people kept telling me how good it was. Thanks for commenting!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      We did see this movie and enjoyed every minute of it. I really didn't think I would enjoy it when I went, but after the first few minutes I was so glad I went. Great review.

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      Musu Bangura 3 years ago from Nation's Capital

      FlourishAnyway, sorry to hear about your cousin. It's unfortunate how these things such as guilt consume some of us. A lot of people suffer from it's something that's not easy to break. Thanks for your input on this topic.

      yourhealthmatters, Yep, it's a kids' movie, but there are so many adult situations in it. If you get a chance, try to check it out! :)

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I haven't seen the movie but I liked your analysis of it and your self-discussion. People need to learn to forgive themselves and one another. I have a cousin who recently committed suicide, partially as a result of something he could not forgive himself for accidentally doing to his brother as a young boy. Now the brother and the rest of the family suffers doubly.

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      yourhealthmatters 3 years ago

      Thank you for this review of the movie and it's message. I have heard about this movie also from adults!