Monster's University

Why Did Monster’s University Bring Me to Tears?

I have a problem. My 7 year old can attest to the fact that I cry easily. Sometimes too easily.

Our family ventured out to see the new Disney-Pixar movie Monster’s University. I really enjoyed the first one (come to think of it I think that one made me cry too…), and was kind of excited for the prequel.

The movie started with a great Pixar animated short. If you have kids you know what I’m talking about. The thing about these animated shorts is that they prime me up for emotion. They get the juices flowing. Prep the waterworks. Don’t get me wrong, I love them, but sometimes I think they do it on purpose.

Anyway, the movie starts off great, with a little prehistory with Mike (green eyeball) as a kid. Of course this is prep work to get you going.

His goal in life is the be a ‘scarer’, an important job in the monster world. So he enrolls as the best school with the best scare program. He the brains and he ends up meeting the brawn (Sully, blue furry guy).

I won’t give the details of the movie, because you need to see it for yourself, but let me paraphrase for you.

At first Mike and Sully are enemies, total opposites. Everything Mike has, Sully doesn’t and everything Sully has, Mike doesn’t.

Immediately I thought of my marriage. Eric and I are total opposites. We have a few common interests, but our personalities are fairly polar.

Then Mike and Sully find themselves in a competition as a team. At first they try to win on their own, and it doesn’t work at all. The more they try to succeed on their own the worse they do.

Whenever I think that I can handle the weight of everything for our family I get overly stressed. Granted I used to be a single mom, so at one point I was able to handle it all, but now with my health issues (fibro and ?, plus 6 kids) I really can’t  do it all.

Sometimes I just get it in my head that my way is best. This is so not true. My way does not need to be defined as the ‘right’ way. Really anything that I don’t really want to do myself I need to just not care how it gets done and just be happy that it got done at all.

In the end they figure out that working together and playing on their differences not only makes their friendship better but it also makes them super productive.

My husband is pretty good at knowing what his weaknesses and my strengths are, but me? Not so much. I sometimes forget that I have weak spots. A lot of them.

It’s good to be reminded of that!

Apparently I don’t have to look far for inspiration (last week it was Superman), but I’m glad that I can get those easy reminders too :-)


How About You?

Do you know your weaknesses? And don’t go job interviewing it by turning a weakness into a strength! 

Do you have anyone who balances you our?

Can you see them as having strengths?


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7 thoughts on “Why Did Monster’s University Bring Me to Tears?”

  1. I can relate to the “I can do it all” until it all falls apart and I’m just stressed out, so learning the hard way to accept help when its there ask for it when it’s not and “NO I CANT DO IT ALL ON MY OWN” I need help! no matter how the dishes are washed or how the house is cleaned at least I got help! My husband knows when I push the I can do it all button, and he tells me “your getting crankie because your trying to do it all, nothing has to get done right his second dont over whelm yourself” no one likes me to much when I’m crabbie, tired and fustrated. Take the help and just move on, why ruin it for everyone. I’ve learned this the hard way, and keep focus when things seem to get out of my control, its actually better that they are so I can get help.

    1. Thanks Jennifer! I pretty much relate most of my life to movies, lol
      I’m resisting the urge to write about ‘The Internship’ for tomorrow! :-)

  2. I could have written this – except the part about seeing the movie, and the six kids. My husband knows what he’s not good at, and he lets me do it.

    I think I’m good at everything and I get over-committed and stressed out and awful.

    Good to know I’m not the only one working on this. :)

    1. While I know I’m blessed to have a husband who does this better than me, and gives me grace when I still don’t get it, sometimes its annoying. Somehow I think, “I’m supposed to be better at that than you too!” lol I need a lot of work :-)

  3. I have a rather lengthy list of weaknesses – got a comfy chair, a fresh cup of coffee, and that much time to devote? Naah – I’m not going to do that :)

    Seriously? On the physical side, COPD and esophageal cancer have taken a big toll on my body. My pride, greed, and lust all contributed their parts in the loss of my first marriage and first business. I don’t say these things with joy, but neither do I say them with undue shame today – I have repented, asked for and received forgiveness from God and my ex – as a matter of fact, my relationship with her is better in some ways than it was when we were married, and she and my wife are friends.

    Oh, and I cry easily these days – for me, the moments are appropriate – and movies (music too!) can do that.

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