I’ve always loved the Toy Story film series. In fact, I don’t get tired watching all the movies repeatedly. Oh, I almost forgot. I still have to watch Toy Story 4 though. What I love about these movies are the lessons you can learn from them. Yes, maybe you can say they are just animated films, just for the kids and the young ones. But surprisingly, anybody can learn a lesson or two or even more from these movies, kids and adults alike. I know a lot of people are familiar with Toy Story’s plot. But for the sake of those who have no idea, it’s a story about 2 toys, Woody and Buzz Lightyear, who made the childhood of Andy Davis a fun and memorable one. Along with some other toys, Mr. Potato Head, Mrs. Potato Head, Rex the Tyrannosaurus, Slinky Dog, Hamm, Bo Peep, Jessie, Bullseye and the Aliens, they depicted what loyalty and friendship are all about especially when the latter is being put to the test. Toy Story is all about true friendship, loyalty, unity, love and letting go. I always cry every time I watch the scene where Andy finally gave up his toys especially Woody which had been a huge part of his childhood and gave them all to Bonnie in Toy Story 3. I can feel his reluctance as he was trying to let Woody go. Let go or keep him? Why is it so hard to let go? Most of the time, we are torn between holding on and letting go. We hold on for too long not realizing how it is hurting us. We are scared to let go because we are not sure what tomorrow brings without that person. There are reasons why we need to let go. We need to let go because it is hurting us. We need to let go because it’s the right thing to do. We need to let go for somebody to be happy. We need to let go because we need peace. We need to let go because it’s time to love ourselves. My life has been a series of holding on and letting go. My emotional heart makes it very hard for me to let go even if it’s already hurting me. I always have this rule that it’s better that I’m the one who’s being let go than me letting go of someone. I just don’t have the heart to tell somebody, “I’m sorry. I don’t want this anymore.” And look at what it did to me. It gave me years of gloom. Instead of moving forward, I was stuck in a relationship with no more certainty. Wait! I did try to break away from it. But every time I did, all I could always hear was, “You’ve always been the one.” Or “I chose you.” Or “You know why I did it.” The latter would always hit me. Every time. And I would go guilt tripping over and over again. Then I realized I was losing my self-worth. I think I didn’t deserve to be treated this way. I’d been owning up to that certain mistake. But no matter what I do, I can’t already undo it. I can’t go back to how it happened. “If you can’t forgive me, you should have just let me go a long time ago.” I just waited until time would find a way for me to finally let go. And when that time came, I felt so vindicated. I felt free. Finally, I could move on from that segment of my life which I lost holding on to someone who wasn't already mine for quite some time. I know it’s not easy to let go of someone who has been a huge part of your life. But if you feel that it’s time to let go, you just have to find the audacity to do it before it’s too late. You owe it to yourself to be happy once and for all. You owe it to yourself to preserve your worth. You owe it to yourself to love yourself. I find this blog a bit funny. I started it by telling you about Toy Story and I ended up with finally letting go of somebody. What did I tell you? Animated films or cartoons can give us lessons, too. Oh! And remind me please to watch Toy Story 4 soon.