When I was a kid The Little Mermaid was my absolute favorite movie. I would watch it all the time, along with the sequel (never watched the other one though). The idea of mermaids and everything made me so happy, but like most children things, I grew out of it. I completely forgot about my love for it until my high school did The Little Mermaid as their spring musical and immediately my love for it was rekindled.
I never liked The Little Mermaid movie, but I actually do enjoy the music and listen to the songs almost daily and I cry every time on the Little Mermaid ride.
Part of Your World hits close to home for me because of my Complex PTSD. It’s like trauma, fear, pain, etc. is the only “world” I’ve ever known; I feel so estranged from a normal/healthy “world”, and yet I long for it so much. TLM isn’t my favorite Disney movie overall, but that particular song just speaks to me so much.
When I was in preschool, there was this Ariel doll that I always wanted to play with, but someone always beat me to it, and whenever I asked the teacher if I could have it, she was all like “wait your turn.” I never once got to play with that Ariel doll. As an adult, I have five Ariel dolls, the jewel of my collection being the Fairytale Designer set with her and Eric. I fully admit that I am being petty, and I own it.
I relate to the song “One Step Closer” from TLM on Broadway. I’ve always loved ballet because I don’t have to sing or talk- which causes me a lot of anxiety- I just have to dance, and it’s so beautiful.
Every time I watch The Little Mermaid, I always make sure to sing Part Of Your World. When I do, I often find myself crying towards the climax. I, too, feel like I’m not living the life I signed up for and wish for better things for myself. All of my friends and loved ones have bloomed and blossomed into amazing people. When’s it my turn?
I’m disabled/chronically ill and spent most of my childhood not being able to walk. I would always watch The Little Mermaid because I related to her wish to have legs and be able to walk. I’m 20 now and still feel very connected to Ariel. She’ll forever have a very special place in my heart.