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The Nightmare Before Christmas for me was an acquired taste.

At the time it came out, weirdness and eccentricity were two things I wanted to avoid at all cost. I was also nine years old, a very jumpy and easily scared nine-year-old. The movie was not for me.

But there comes a time when your inner self is ready to absorb movie magic and the message finally reaches you in the form of an aha moment. Click To Tweet

I’m more and more inclined to believe that movies meant for children are never really so. The fun, engaging and colorful images that reel the children are a plot to get us in, the adulting people around said kids, to think about deep, fundamental truths.

And while the little ones are there to enjoy the colors and the catchy music, if we watch with awareness, we get a slap in the face with wisdom, out of nowhere.

The title character in the movie, Jack, is one bored millennial if ever I’ve seen one. The same-old-same-place-same-life (where he’s actually the king) has ran out of intrinsic charm for him. He’s uninspired, he wanders off dissatisfied and ends up having an adventure that brings him back home; to his roots, to his purpose, to Halloween.

A nightmare before Christmas can have the same effect for your inner self as it had for Jack’s tortured soul.


It is…

  • The moment to wander off into the wilderness in search of new answers.
  • A time to experiment with something new just to spark a surge of creativity to inspire a new upcoming season in your life.
  • Coming to terms with who you are, and finding new ways to appreciate what you do and who it impacts other.
  • Getting a new appreciation for others, the people who stick with you through thick and thin and are willing to go along with your in your search for meaning.
  • Finding a home in the place you are and taking responsibility for making that home inspiring every day.

Jack finally finds joy, happiness, family, love, and meaning by gaining a new perspective and new appreciation of the people, the place, their purpose and his role in it. And so can any regular millennial, whether he is a pumpkin king or a real-world queen.

PS: It’s okay to get a little uncomfortable with your comfort zone.

Which movie from your childhood had a hidden meaning waiting for you as an adult?

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