If you’ve got young children at home — especially if they’re girls — you likely have heard the “Let It Go” song from the musical Frozen a few hundred times. Demi Lovato also recorded a pop version. If you don’t know the song, there’s a version included below.
The song embodies one of the important steps that people often have to take to become their best: let go of shame and fear about what makes us different, let go of the past, let go of the expectations we or others have of us that don’t match our own potential and possibilities.
In 2019, Morning Edition on NPR, as part of a series of songs that “rouse, unite, celebrate, and call to action,” did a story about this song and what it has come to mean to many:
Since its arrival in 2013, many groups have found significance in the song on a personal level. Stories abound of gay, lesbian and transgender people, people in prison, people with eating disorders and chemical addictions and plenty of others on the margins, all identifying with the tale of a queen in hiding, who learns to shed her shame and accepts the things that make her different. But there is one group for whom “Let It Go” has proven particularly resonant: People with disabilities. (NPR.org)
Our Ethics Matters theme this month is becoming. What do you need to let go in order to become your best self? What might we as an Ethical community let go of, to become a better Ethical community? What does our city, state, nation, world need to let go of, to become better? If we let go of expectations of perfection, or expectations of the past, what are the possibilities for becoming?