Do you remember the fairytales and childhood books that you used to read as a child? I do, partly because I  have a younger sister and often times I reminesce over tales that I used to love. The truth is that I do this quite often, I have weekend long Disney marathons. I take the time and watch Beauty and the Beast, Madeline, The Wild Thornberrys and Hannah Montana. I also love to reread old story books and fairy tales of my youth, like Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince), Dr. Seuss books and even Peter Pan! What I've come across through my reminescing is that a lot of the stories have a lot of wisdom and advice that we should carry on later on in life.


Every single time I reread one of my old books or watch an old movie, I find something new. Whether it's a new quote to add to my repertoire or simply a saying that opened my eyes to something new or maybe the feeling you get after reflecting over your childhood. In the end, I'm always happy that I took the time to reread some of my beloved childhood books or watch that old cartoon. And I've learned that I am not the only one who feels this way, there is even a whole Buzzfeed list dedicated to quotes from childrens books. It's funny to think about how the books and films that we write off as childish things, can ultimately teach us valuable lessons in life!

For example, the following quote from Alice in Wonderland, can totally be a good quote about letting go of the past and focusing on the present.
"I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then."

Whereas the following quote from Winnie the Pooh, is a great lesson about loss and keeping your loved ones near.
"If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever."

The truth is that I used to be really embarassed about the fact that I still enjoyed these books and shows even as I continued to get older. I used to think that it made me seem too juvenile and stuck in the past. However I've learned that that's not the truth! I used to think that growing up meant that we had to totally disregard and not have anything to do with our past younger selves.I thought that if you did like it you would be deemed as babyish and not be taken seriously. When in reality, you're never too old for fairytales! The great part about them is that as you grow, they do too. I don't mean that new pages were secretly added over the years making it physically longer, I mean that is how it seems. As you grow older, you have more ideas, you have more experiences and therefore, you can read between the lines. You can sort of understand the story behind the story, further enriching it for you and making it better!

After all, Hergé, the author of the Tintin comic books, had this great slogan for his Tintin Magazine, which pretty much says it all,"The Journal for the Youth from 7 to 77"