I’ll start this post by saying I don’t work for Disney/Pixar. (If I did, imagine how cool my kids would think I was?!). I’m just a mom who has watched Finding Nemo many, many times. I saw this movie when it first came out in 2003, before I had kids or even a partner. I loved it then and I still enjoy it. There are lots of sweet messages, a father with fears every parent can relate to, no extreme female/princess body types, and plenty of good laughs. Of course my favorite character is Dory, the endearing blue tang who helps Marlin get back to his son Nemo.
Below are the reasons I think we all like Dory, and the strengths she demonstrates that we might be able to apply to our own lives:
Dory isn’t perfect. She has trouble remembering things, she has felt shunned by friends and family in the past, and she makes mistakes. Thank you, Dory, for representing all of us.
Dory had ‘grit’ before we even knew what the word meant. This little fishie exemplifies hope, grit, and persistence—all the stuff we talk about in parenting and education today. She even used a mantra to keep up her motivation towards her goals (see picture above, courtesy of my daughter).
Dory knows how to laugh at herself, and how to find humor in the simple stuff. Sometimes, you just have to laugh. Maybe your 4-year old has just peed herself and you don’t have any clean underwear for her. Or maybe you’ve just sneezed and peed yourself because Mother Nature loves to give us new talents after childbirth. Sometimes, you just have to laugh.
Dory is always curious. There are potential adventures around every corner in life. They will likely involve challenges, things we don’t feel prepared for, and pain, but they are adventures and they could be worth looking for.
So, in the words of our most lovable fish:
Just cepe swiming. Repet.