A few days ago someone shared this video with me. I don’t know why but it really made me smile and made me feel good about the future.
Seeing all these people from all over the world just dancing and having a great time made me remember also one of my favourite Epcot songs: Celebrate the Future Hand in Hand.
Put your hand on the future
Share a dream together around the world
With a voice from every country
And a face from every land
We'll celebrate the future hand in hand
This song was part of the Millennium Celebration and I actually don’t think I ever heard it on site but I discovered the song in the Millennium Celebration CD. It’s a happy song, that makes one get up and dance but also looks towards the future with hope:
The future is coming
We've got to catch it if we can
The magic's unfolding
You can hold it in your hand
We can touch tomorrow today
To make some memories
That will never fade away
It is really all about celebration, coming together and dancing and it does have a great beat which was useful when I was training for the WDW marathon. I loved listening to this song while out running and the best bit is at the end… the song fades away and you think it’s over when suddenly, the music slows down to a very familiar tune and the choir sings:
Like a boat out of the blue
Fate steps in and sees you through
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true
I was on a treadmill, running along and listening to the song on my MP3 player and I’d totally forgotten about the ending when it suddenly hit me. You know what? I nearly cried. To be training for an event that definitely was a dream come true for me and to hear these familiar chords all of a sudden was too much and the emotion took over.
Why do I like Disney songs so much? Because they remind me of happy times, because they bring a message of hope and because, sometimes, they make me cry. When I watched the video above for the first time, I had the same experience – I was so happy and so emotional that I nearly cried. It also made me think that all is not lost and that there is some hope for the future if we all just make an effort.