Into The Unknown and Show Yourself are, without question, my most favorite songs in Frozen 2.
Into The Unknown is more vocally powerful, but Show Yourself has a stronger emotional connection. And that’s the one I can’t get out of my head. Particularly, this set of lyrics:
“You are the one you’ve been waiting for!
All of my life!
Let me see who you are!”
I did not see this film for these emotional attacks!
Elsa’s story of struggling with her powers and who she is has often been compared to coming out as a part of LGBT+. I’ve never seen it that way, but I absolutely relate to struggling with your identity, feeling the need to hide, yearning for freedom, and eventually learning to embrace and love who you are.
It’s taken me several years (school bullying and family shame will do that you) and I am still not there, but I’ve gotten better in recent years. I don’t hate my reflection anymore, I’m more open about the things I love, regardless of how strange they’re considered to be for someone of my age, and I am okay with being me most of the time. The most helpful thing has been partially disconnecting from my family, not enough to cut them out, but enough that my well-being is not attached to them.
Note Elsa was never ashamed of her powers in the first movie. She was terrified of hurting people. Just as Elsa is happiest when she’s embracing her powers and free from pressure, I’m happiest when I’m enjoying the things I love and away from those who say I shouldn’t. I am absolutely not happy for the experiences I’ve had (because they are terrible and no one should go through them) and I still would’ve preferred my existence being cut, but I’m managing with what I have.
That doesn’t mean I am obnoxious or try to make a show of being “different”, but I am very okay with “showing myself” and to be able to do that freely is indeed something I waited all of my life for. I’m learning who I am without all the pressure to hold back for others’ feelings. Some people will care to know. Most won’t, and I expect that.
But I will gladly show them all who I am.