Disney’s classic ‘The Princess and the Frog’ from 2009 is a fairytale with a twist. It takes the good old story about a princess kissing a frog to turn it into a prince to a whole new level…
It’s all about believing in your dreams. But as little Tiana’s father tells her, you need to believe in it but at the same time work hard for it. Just believing and then waiting for a miracle to happen is not enough. We need to do our part to be in the right place at the right time. Because we are the creators of our own reality. Here the story is about a spoiled young prince Naveen who has never worked in his entire life and a girl who worked hard all her life.
When the two of them meet, he is turned into a frog by a spell and believes that she is a princess so he asks her to kiss him. But when she does, the unexpected happens – she turns into a frog. The rule is that the frog has to be kissed by a princess and she is just a waitress. They now both need to run for their lives and survive somehow together before they can figure out how to become human again. And even though Naveen saw Tiana at first as a human, she didn’t see him in his human form until much later. It didn’t stop her though from truly seeing him.
So they travel through the bayou to meet Mama Odie, an old voodoo woman who makes them understand what they need, not just what they want. But to realize that, they need to dig a little deeper and get to know themselves better. It makes them see that what they really need is each other. ‘Money ain’t got no soul, money ain’t got no heart’ – she tells Naveen and makes it clear that what he needs is a new start, not more money which never made him happy anyway. And for Tiana, the truth is what her parents always told her – all she needs is love.
So, even though at first Naveen changed Tiana into the reflection of him, it gave them both a possibility to get to know each other better and made them accept their situation. Instead of him getting his wish come true, none of them got their wishes fulfilled. They needed to take a journey together and learn from each other before they could both get their wishes granted. As Mama Odie told them, they got what they needed before they could get what they wanted. When they accepted each other as they were and got married as frogs, they then changed back into humans again.
So the moral of the story is – believe in your dream and work hard on yourself to achieve it. Ask the universe for help. Find your tribe, your people, who will support you and help you so you are not alone on your journey. And then the miracle will come, when you least expect it.