There comes a time in every person's life when they stop and realize that adulting kind of sucks. You're fully responsible for yourself (and potentially others), have to somehow wade through the world financially and deal with everyday problems that no one else can solve for you.
Some of us make this realization early on, others blissfully ignorant to reality well into adulthood. But we all get there, and we're all just doing our best to handle this thing called life. Josh Gad (who voices Olaf in Disney's "Frozen" franchise)'s daughter had a mini version of this epiphany when she was 5 years old.
In a four-year-old video just shared on Gad's Instagram account, Ava tearfully asks her nanny, Sara, why she won't be a kid forever.
In sharing the vid, Gad hailed Sara's responses and guidance and reflected on his daughter's ruminations.
"...During dinner one night our beautiful little girl had a huge epiphany that shook her to her core...we all have to grow up. This heartbreaking moment is something I never shared publicly before because it was so personal," he wrote. "I constantly look back at it as a reminder of the fragility of youth and our struggle to make sense of our place in this rapid world."
Now, beyond making me want to assume the fetal position under a mountain of blankets, Ava's realization that she has to grow up one day is beyond precious. The girl probably just wants to play with her toys and be fed grilled cheeses and watch "Peter Pan" on repeat! I get it!
Gad explained that he shared the video at the time with the "Frozen" crew, and they decided to turn the idea into Olaf's main conflict in the box office hit sequel. Is this full circle or is this full circle?
"[Ava] looked at my wife and I with tears in her eyes, and she started bawling out of nowhere...She goes, 'What if I don't want to grow up?'" Gad said to The Hollywood Reporter back in November. "I showed it to ['Frozen 2' directors] Chris [Buck] and Jennifer [Lee], who both had smiles on their faces. I think that they both had the same instincts -- that it was time for Olaf to grow up."
We hope that Ava, now a little older and surely wiser, is taking on the enigma of aging head-on and owning her world. At the very least, she should get some movie credits from Disney.