All week long I’ve been bringing you guys all kinds of Disneynature Chimpanzee fun. From our Red Carpet experience at the World Premiere to our Chimpanzee Movie Review, it’s been so rewarding to learn more about the Chimpanzee movie and to be able to share with all of you in the process.
I’m not sure if you knew this, but the Disney Global Event brought in 20 bloggers to live together in three homes provided by Global Resort Homes. That’s a LOT of time together and friendships were built from those exhausting hours with our laptops open talking to each other about how we miss our children and the demanding work schedule we put on ourselves. So, when we had the chance to interview the McClain Sisters (who sing Rise in the movie), during the event, I couldn’t help but wonder, although they’re sisters, how do they nurture their friendship through THEIR demanding work schedule? At the end of the interview, I was humbled to learn a few things about how to be a friend from these young talented women.
Lauryn, Sierra, and China make up the McClain Sisters, who describe their music as a mixture of R&B and Pop. As we started the interview, I thought about what life was like sharing a room with my sister as a child and well into our teenage years. We loved each other, but a lot of the times we didn’t LIKE each other. So, the obvious question for me to ask the McClain girls was, “Based on your experience with the song, “Rise,” and Chimpanzee, if there’s one key message that you’d like to portray to young children under the age of, you know, say, fifth grade and under, what would that be?”
I have two sisters and a brother, so I would definitely tell them to stick close and to love each other, and to always be there for each other, because you know our mom always taught us, my dad too, but my mom definitely taught us is that, you know, friends, they come and go sometimes, but your sisters are gonna be — always be there for you. No matter what.
|McClain Sisters singing Rise at the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund Awards|
Throughout the interview all three McClain sisters portrayed a message of love and closeness and as they continued to talk, I realized they had taught me 5 things about friendship. Five things I already knew, but rarely practice. Five things that I, feel, most grown women should remember in their friendships. It’s never going to be easy, especially when you’re trying to run a household, a business, and remain true to yourself.
Friendship is hard, but if you remember THESE five things, it’ll make it worth it.
1. Don’t be afraid to love: As an adult, I’ve gone through my fair share of friendships lost. It makes it hard to trust again. It makes it hard to make friends a priority. There’s that wall we’ve built up to make sure nobody can get in, but losing that fear, embracing that vulnerability, might just gain you friend whom you’ll never be the same without.
2. Have fun: The McClain Sisters have a very demanding career at such an early age. They’re 13, 15, and 18 years of age and already feel the pressure that you and I feel every day as we move forward in our careers. They reiterated to us to remember to have fun with each other. There are so many times that my friends have to, literally, peel me away from the computer. I’ve got a schedule and a goal and fun never seems to be a priority for me, but every once in awhile it does a body good.
3. Have faith in what you believe in: I was not at all surprised to hear the McClain Sisters are Christian and they remain strong in their faith, especially in public. Having faith in what real friends mean to you, will help weed out those individuals who might not be the best fit for your life. Follow your heart and nurture the ones that are.
4. Survive together: Throughout their writing process of “Rise,” they had one common certainty. That unity, as sisters, would keep them going. Same goes for Oscar and Freddy, in their Chimpanzee tribe. In order to survive, you must rely on each other. Don’t be afraid to rely on those good friends in your life. Being vulnerable with them will guide you in surviving parenthood.
5. Sit in Silence: It was so funny to hear the McClain Sisters talk about what they like to do together. They love them some Chick-Fil-A and Sister Movie Night, but they mentioned that sometimes they just like to sit. After a long week, they sit in silence and contemplate what they’ve had to overcome. That, then, leads to laughter and memories shared. To be honest, that was my house at the Disney Global Event. Some nights we didn’t talk. We just sat together with our laptops out, but it was comforting to have those friends right next to me.
Listen to “Rise”:
For those who haven’t heard the song, it’s pretty amazing. Check it out! Don’t forget Disneynature’s Chimpanzee hits theaters THIS Friday, April 20th, in theaters everywhere. Check out our Chimpanzee Review and Exclusive Chimpanzee Red Carpet Pictures.
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