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and we know you have, you’re obsessed with “Reflection.” That’s just science. But have you ever asked yourself why? Yes, it’s partially due to the infectious melody and smooth stylings of Lea Solonga, but it also because that song is seriously about all of us. Here’s the proof.
♫ Look at me, I may never pass for a perfect bride, or a perfect daughter. Can it be I’m not meant to play this part? ♫
We’re neither perfect brides or perfect daughters. We too have struggled to meet expectations put on us by others. It’s not a good feeling to think you’ve let someone down.
♫ Now I see, that if I were truly to be myself, I would break my family’s heart. ♫
An age-old battle, isn’t it friends? Trying to reconcile what you want with what others want for you.
♫ Who is that girl I see, staring straight back at me? Why is my reflection someone I don’t know? ♫
We’ve certainly looked in mirror and been like, whoa, is that us? Always take your makeup off before you go to sleep, ladies. Although Mulan is talking mostly in metaphor at this point, her meaning is certainly not lost on us.
♫ Somehow I cannot hide who I am, though I’ve tried. ♫
Trying to hide who you are is the worst and it’s something no one should ever have to do. Mulan will eventually discover just that, but it doesn’t make this part of the song easier to listen to.
We’ve all wished that it was easier be to ourselves sometimes. Take puberty for example. That was especially rough. But we have a secret (which we learned in part from this movie): we owe it not only to ourselves, but to everyone else, to be exactly who we are.
Our advice? As soon as this song is finished and you hit replay to belt it out at the top of your lungs, realize that it’s a wonderful power ballad and that it’s also a magical spell that has made you uber confident and ready to face anything. It’s become a positive anthem!
Like the beautiful metamorphoses of caterpillar to butterfly, “Reflection” now speaks to your (and our) soul in a whole new way.
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