This afternoon, on a whim, I went to an afternoon viewing of Coco. This was the second time I saw it and I fell even more in love with the story and characters.
Now, admittedly, I’m a little biased since I’m a Mexican girl from Arizona. This movie made me miss my Nana and Tata, the smell of tortillas and tamales wafting through the air and the Spanglish chatter in our kitchen. Even in the seemingly insignificant parts of the movie, I was reminded of my family, from Abuelita throwing her chancla at Dante the street dog (“never name a street dog!”) to Hector’s cousins calling their friends home his “bungalow (what we always called my Tata’s man cave). And okay…I’ve got a confession: I totally cried at the Disney intro when the mariachi music began to play. Safe to say, I love this movie and here are 8 reasons why:
1. Never forget your roots. (Root, there’s that word again! Did you catch my blog on Choosing a Word of the Year? If not read it HERE). This Pixar movie cemented me belief that finding and staying connected to your roots is critical. Know your family, know their history, accept the good and the bad and make the decision not to repeat past mistakes.
2. Storytelling is important! My family has never celebrated Dia De Los Muertos like the Rivera family in Coco, so I learned more about this tradition. Abuelita Rivera explains that the ofrenda is a display of the family’s deceased loved ones with their photos and some of their favorite things in life. By displaying the items, the family was able to usher in their spirits and celebrate their lives. This also opened the door to sharing stories and keeping their spirits alive throughout the year. As a writer, I recognize the importance of telling and sharing stories. This movie reignited my passion for writing, and speaking of passion….
3. Pursue your passions!! In the movie, Miguel is pursuing his love and passion for music despite his family’s resistance. Miguel loves to play guitar and even though he’s not allowed, he does it anyway because he can’t deny the fire inside him. If an 8-year old can do it, what excuses are we making?
4. Let go of the things that are no longer serving you. In the movie, Mama Imelda cuts her baby’s father out of her life because he chose music over the family. Is this easy? No, but when it’s time to let go, LET GO. You cannot receive until you’re ready to surrender.
5. Take care of your elders (and street dogs!). This pretty much explains itself. Not to get all religious on anyone, but Jesus says to take care of the least of these, so if Jesus said it, I’m gonna do it
6. Seize your moment! This is a line that is referenced many times in the movie and it’s worth mentioning. Opportunities come to us and we often make excuses for not taking them…I’ll do it next time, I’m not ready, I can’t do it. NO! This is your moment, seize it! The time is now, don’t waste it! Seize your moment!
7. Celebrate those you love, both here and gone. Life is never too busy to celebrate those you love. Celebrating those that have left this world keeps their memory alive. Choose joy when you celebrate. There is a place for mourning, but on Dia De Los Muertos, it’s all about remembering the beautiful moments shared with your loved ones.
8. Remember me. In the movie, there’s a poignant song called “Remember Me.” If you have watched the movie already, you’ll know what I’m talking about. I previously blogged about my Tata and his journey with Alzheimer’s (found HERE) . This song reminded me of him and of our relationship and made me sad for the day that he’s not here anymore. This song also reminded me of all the friends and family members I’ve lost over the years. I’m a deep griever…I struggle with depression…death is one of the most difficult situations to navigate and it’s hard to cope. This song broke my heart, but it also served to remind me how blessed I am to have known each of those people I’ve lost. I’m better for their love and friendship and for that, I am grateful.
In short, if you haven’t seen it, go catch Coco while it’s still in theaters for a few more days, then come join my VIP Group HERE and tell us what you thought of the movie!