I can relate to these words on some levels.
As Queen Elsa is exposed to the dangers of her magic,her magic begins to grow into an uncontrollable force that she fears will bring ruin to everything she touches.This vivid imagery not only presents the audience with an interesting story development,it actually exemplifies and alludes to what an individual feels when experiencing anxiety and depression.If we take Elsa's magic to be a physical representation of anxiety and depression her journey to learn to control her powers reflects well the journey many people undergo when they experience anxiety or depression.
Elsa is the direct cause of her sister's pain,and without a guiding hand to teach her how to come to terms with this,her fear begins to take route.Afraid to show the world for fear of rejection,she hides herself away.Afraid to hurt Anna again,she avoids her and locks herself in the room.Her isolation turns into a frozen wasteland from which she cannot escape.She wears gloves to cover it up,pretend it isn't there.She repeats her mantra,don't let them see.She knows she isn't in control,she feels her world fall apart before her when she is to be crowed queen.She fears their judgement,the prying eyes,the things that people would do or say when they found out.
When people see her magic,like when people see someone's panic take away the mask or in this case a glove,they recoil.They cannot understand it,they reject her.So she takes herself away,she thinks that in isolating herself the world would be a better place without her.Her fear grows as she accepts her magic and let's it take over her.She becomes engrossed n the ice and snow that she can create.Here,the kingdom would be likened to the life of an individual with depression or anxiety.Everything is affected.Every part of the place she is to protect becomes engulfed in snow,and it is only when she is shown the power of love that she can regain control.It is when she is accepted for who she is accepted for who she is by the loved one she hurt most by her fear,that she begins to heal and gain control.
Just as Elsa learned to control her magic in productive and creative uses,so too can the mastery of anxiety and depression manifest into positive uses.As you can accept yourself and your worth you become so much more empathetic and sympathetic to the needs of others.You become more aware of the impacts of your actions.
More than anything,I think that Elsa learning to control her magic is a source of inspiration for anyone suffering from anxiety and depression.Although you may not see how,they can be mastered.
Even though I don't suffer from depression and I'm only a bit anxious,I do suffer from avoidant personality disorder which makes me avoid occupational that involve significant interpersonal contact,because of fears of criticism,disapproval,or rejection;or makes me unwilling to get involved with people unless certain of being liked.I relate to Elsa a lot,but just like Elsa,I will try to break through my problems and become a better person.
Thanks for reading,Smell 'ya later.
Diagnosis-Let It Go