I never realized how much I relate to Cassandra from Tangled: The Series until I watched episode one of the third season. Both of us feel like we’re backups and only are used when someone wants something. I especially realized this after listening to Crossing The Line, and it made me realize that I’m probably gonna snap one day like Cassandra did when she realized that she’s always been put on Rapunzel’s back burner.
I’ve always felt I am overlooked and ignored by people who care about my friends more. I am a bit overweight girl with a horrible personality. No matter how hard I work on my weight, and how I try to change, I will never be the perfect girl and the people around me just don’t want to notice my development. Now my funny, amazing friend with the perfect body (who I will never be like) got together with the boy I had a crush on for a long time. Cassandra from Tangled helps me a lot and I can totally relate to her songs Waiting in the Wings and Crossing the Line.
I didn’t really get to socialize much as a kid so I didn’t know how to act in situations. I felt like I didn’t have a personality at all. So I would base most of my personality traits on Disney Characters. I would smile in a big goofy grin like Sora. I would scream like Snow White when I was scared. I would laugh at my own jokes like King Fergus, and I would be Clumsy like Anna, and dance like Rapunzel. I would be curious like Ariel. It helped me make friends and feel human like I was a person.
I know Tangled: The Series isn’t the first to portray trauma in such a beautifully realistic way, but as someone who’s been through child abuse, it’s such a refresher to see Rapunzel’s healing process presented even through a show of “fun adventures.“ What happened in the tower wasn’t just brushed off because the audience is mainly kids; it was still shown throughout the show and I am here for it.
I am struggling to pull away from my mother because she’s being so controlling even though I’m 21 and I just relate to Rapunzel so much and she just makes me want to live my dream of being free and happy and being able to go on adventures
TRIGGER WARNING-SUICIDE: I recently tried to take my own life on my 15th birthday & hardly anyone noticed and my stepmom ridiculed me for it and said that I was disrespectful and that she could treat me far worse than how she already does. I watched Tangled after my attempt and bawled my eyes out seeing Rapunzel get her dream. I someday hope to get my dream too. I don’t want to be stuck in my tower anymore.
I’ve suffered from a lot of child abuse & mental health issues ever since I was a kid and I’ve never really had the chance to get any help for it since I’m not 18 yet which makes it difficult for me to work hard towards my goals of being a published author and professional singer. I know my dreams are unlikely & unrealistic, but movies like Cinderella, Tangled, & Princess and The Frog give me hope that someday the dreams that I wish will come true.
I’ve always been a sad kid, but because of Rapunzel, I learned to become more optimistic. Cassandra from Tangled the Series has taught me to become a more confident individual as well. Because of them, I’m loving myself more. They teach me how to love myself and I don’t know what I’d do without them.
As someone living in a toxic environment, I am
grateful that things like Tangled exists. It makes me hopeful that one day, I’ll be able to have
enough confidence in myself, to stand up and say enough is enough. And leave
the toxicity behind for a better life. Rapunzel’s story hits close to home for
me in so many ways. Also Rapunzel’s
escape wasn’t simple, it was messy, full of trial and tribulation. I like how
realistic it was in that regard. It won’t be easy, but you can get out.