I believe one of the hidden benefits of the past six months of quarantine was the chance for every person to use personal quiet time to reflect deeply on the life they are living. It was, and still is, a chance to see if we are living by our personal values and principles and be the best, true person we can be.
For me it’s been a chance to put closure and healing after 10 years since the devastating collapse of my life, losing my home and illustration business. It was also the same year of getting caught in the G20 Queen and Spadina kettling incident here in Toronto. I was able to reflect on how far I’d come in rebuilding my life and learning to manage my mental health after the double diagnosis of clinical depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). My true, courageous, resilient self came shining through!
I recently discovered that a close friend also shared a 10 year healing journey with breast cancer. She told me that this year she’s felt heartfelt closure on her illness with reconstructive surgery. This made her feel like a phoenix rising! This touched my heart and I too felt like a phoenix having been reborn from my old self. This immediately reminded me of the phoenix theme in the live action film, Mulan which I quickly recommended to my friend to watch!
The action drama film, Mulan, is a live-action adaptation of Disney's 1998 animated film of the same name and is about a young Chinese maiden, Hua Mulan (Liu Yifei) disguising herself as a male warrior in order to save her ailing father, Tzi Ma (Hua Zhou) and battle northern invaders in China. This epic movie is filled with a fantastic supporting cast that includes Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Ron Yuan, Gong Li, Rosalind Chao and Jet Li.
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This movie is more serious than the animated version and with no songs throughout (except during end credits). Yet the story is still very empowering for women and inspirational. There are exciting battle scenes as well as many heartfelt interactions with Mulan’s family and with her comrades in training. And throughout her journey is a magical phoenix guiding her from high above.
Seeing Mulan finally unleash her true gifts, strengths and leadership reflects the core values and principals repeated throughout the film that include: Loyal, Brave and True. And in the end the importance of Family is also highlighted.
There are times in our lives when we are forced into choosing to hide our true selves. And then there will be times when we know this part of our selves is needed to let go of the past and start living life to the fullest. This is when we are reborn again! Find films to help inspire you. Find the cinematic role models that will fuel your courage to unleash your inner phoenix!
Part 1 – COVID-19 – 6 Movie Tips
Part 2 – COVID-19 – The Hundred-Foot Journey
Part 3 – COVID-19 – The Biggest Little Farm
Part 4 – COVID-19 – This Is the End
Part 5 – COVID-19 – Runaway Bride
Part 6 – Splash
Part 7 – Julie & Julia
Part 8 – Paris Can Wait
Part 9 – The Client
Part 10 – The Old Guard
Part 11 – The Farmer’s Daughter
Part 12 – Amélie
Part 13 – Hail the Conquering Hero – The Lady Eve
Part 14 – Back To School
Part 15 – Project Power – An American Pickle
Part 16 – The Secret: Dare to Dream
Part 17 – Chadwick Boseman – 42 – Black Panther
Part 18 – Phenomenon
Remember How Movies Can Help You:
A) Entertain & Escape
B) Re-energize & Release
C) Inspiration & Motivation
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