Being the parent of a toddler entails a lot of Disney viewing.  I repeat: A LOT. Thankfully, one of the movies on regular rotation in my home is Moana, which I happen to kind of like. (I suppose it’s at this point of the blog post that I should make my confession: even as a child, I didn’t like Disney movies).  

If you’re familiar with this movie, you’re familiar with one of the characters, Maui, who’s voiced by Dwayne Johnson.  Turns out the artist formerly known as The Rock drops some major life wisdom when he talks about the concept of Wayfinding.

“It’s called Wayfinding, princess…It’s seeing where you’re going in your mind. Knowing where you are by knowing where you’ve been.”

That last part really got me thinking… Knowing where you are by knowing where you’ve been.  Pretty deep, Disney, pretty deep.

How many of us really look at where we are in this way? It’s so easy for us to be ed-inform net up in where we are by seeing where we’re not yet.  To see ourselves as not making enough money, or not having as nice of a car as our neighbor does.  So many trans-identified people see themselves as how far away they are from their transition goals, what they’ve not yet achieved.

I just can’t help but wonder how much better life would be if we took Maui’s advice, and looked at where we are by knowing where we’ve been.  By recognizing the lessons we’ve learned, the challenges we’ve faced, the fears we’ve overcome. The relationships, the jobs, the experiences that nearly destroyed us, but didn’t. If we knew ourselves as survivors, instead of not good enough, or accomplishments not yet achieved.

And oh yeah, lets not forget that first part of the definition of Wayfinding; seeing where we’re going in our mind; looking at where we’ve been.  If we recognize where we’ve already been, what we’ve conquered, then see ourselves as going somewhere fantastic, and amazing. Doesn’t that sound like a great way to live?

So, get out there and do some Wayfinding of your own.  Change your mindset about how you see yourself, where you’ve been, and where you’re going.  Just see what happens.