Why I loved Mulan – the Short Version

Our family watched Disney’s new Mulan last weekend. I loved it. We all did. (If anyone knows me, they know I don’t spend my extra time watching Disney movies.) But this was different. I will let my daughter watch this inspiring movie as many times as she wants. Here’s why:

The movie recognizes and celebrates the good for being the good.

Mulan is good. She is not “good for a woman.” She is good, pure and simple. She is the best. She just happens to be a woman.

When I was growing up, I wasn’t “strong for a girl.” I was strong. I was muscular. I beat all the boys at pull-ups. And I just happened to be a girl.

In the gym, when my girls climb the rope, they climb it with seeming ease and without using their legs. They are not “strong for girls.” They are strong, pure and simple. And they just happen to be girls.

This mindset opens the world up to everyone – no pigeon holes, no categories, no restrictions. This is the mindset that I want all my gymnasts to have. The world is open to them, and they can conquer anything – no pigeon holes, no categories, no restrictions.

“The world that you desire can be won. It exists… it is real… it is possible… it’s yours.” — Ayn Rand


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