Inside Out is Not Just For Kiddos

“Never apologize for being sensitive or emotional. Let this be a sign that you’ve got a big heart and aren’t afraid to let others see it. Showing your emotions is a sign of strength.” ~Brigitte Nicole

In fact, I would say Inside Out is the perfect movie for adults, especially for those who may be less in tune with their emotions. A little recap, just in case you haven’t seen it/it’s not fresh in your mind: Riley is an 11-year-old cutiepie living in the Midwest with her parents, but because of her dad’s job has to move to San Fransisco, leaving behind her hockey team, best friend, and the joy-filled core memories that created her personality and young identity. She struggles to readjust and express how she is really feeling about the changes to her parents. The movie takes place inside of her brain, with her five core emotions: joy, sadness, fear, anger, and disgust.

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Here are some of the greatest takeaway messages from this heartwarming film:

  • Emotions look so different for each person. A really cool part of the movie was when we got to see the emotions of Riley’s parents. While her emotions are based on people that we know and love like Mindy Kahling, her parents had emotions based on their own characters. It demonstrated how events can be interpreted really differently depending on the person, helping us to boost our empathy skills and remember that others may not see the world as we do.
  • We can’t feel joy all the time – each emotion is there for a reason.  As much as Joy wanted to be constantly present in Riley’s life to act as the life of the party, she slowly learned that sadness helps people get through their tougher times, rather than just masking it. Being honest with yourself and with others about what you’re going through is the biggest gift, for your mental health and also to foster your relationships.
  • Letting go can be the hardest yet most important thing you can do. My favorite character of the movie, Bing Bong, AKA Riley’s old invisible friend, sacrificed himself in order to let Joy get back to emotion headquarters. He decided to let go of his identity as the invisible friend, remembering that he was still able to hold onto the beautiful memories of his friendship with Riley.
  • It is not beneficial to try to mask your true feelings. When Riley finally admitted to her parents that she was upset about the move and was not feeling at home, they were so grateful and were able to express their own true thoughts about being homesick and struggling to adjust as well. This led the three of them to be able to work through this transition together.
  • Hitting rock bottom does not mean you stay rock bottom. Riley lied to and stole from her parents, accidentally cried in front of her whole class (I’ve definitely done that on several occasions, not fun), acted passive aggressively toward her best friend from Minnesota, and did not do as well as she would have hoped during her hockey tryouts. However, once she got her emotions straightened out and was able to be honest with the people around her, the various “islands” within herself began to rebuild and she was able to adjust and be herself again. Just because things are really tough right now, does not mean they will stay that way forever.

If you haven’t yet seen the movie, I highly encourage it! Even if there are no kids around. 😉 Be back soon to talk about some yummy holiday recipes! XOXO

Have you seen Inside Out yet? Did you love it as much as I did?

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