Movies, Pop Culture

7 movies you need to watch if you think you were a mermaid in a past life

If you're like me and pretended to be a mermaid while swimming, then this one's for you.

Although we are land creatures, some of us are born with an inexplicable passion for water; most specifically, salt water. In my case, I was born close to the ocean in the Caribbean region of Colombia, which meant that I was usually sun-kissed, and had permanent pool/sea hair. In the land of the endless summer (the place I call home), events by the beach were the usual, but not everyone had such a deep connection with the ocean like I did.

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When I moved to Boston, things changed a bit. I switched from the land of the endless summer to the one with the endless winter. But I wasn’t as far from the ocean as I thought I was. I soon discovered that a few miles away from my school was the Harbor, what soon became one of my favorite places in the city. Whenever I smell the salt water I feel a warm feeling in my heart, a moment of pure bliss combined with nostalgia. It takes me back to my childhood when I pretended to be a mermaid, or even further back, when I was actually one in my past life.

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1. Aquamarine

I used to watch this movie all the time when I was in my early teens. But it kinda became a “classic” and I still watch it from time to time when I feel like remembering my past life. If you’re all about believing in miracles, love, and eternal friendships (yes, all the corny stuff), then this one’s for you.

P.S.: If while watching it you understand Aqua’s struggles (like being tired of all the mermen), then there’s a good chance you were a mermaid in a past life.

2. Fool’s Gold

This one’s indirectly related to your other life. While these people spend years finding “treasures,” you remember the good old days when finding gold was as easy as a simple look in your backyard. Also, ships and yachts make you remember what it’s like to sail the oceans.

3. Blue Lagoon: The Awakening

If you’re all about romance by the sea, you will love this re-make of the 1980 classic. In it, two very different teenagers somehow end up stranded on an island where they struggle to survive. Of course, we all know what happens when you mix hormones with salt water… Romance?

4. Free Willy

A childhood favorite of mine. I mean, I’m all about freeing my water mammal friends. If you’re like me, you’ve met many dolphins and whales in your past life and you’re not cool about the captivity thing. The truth is, you would’ve freed Willy too.

5. Lilo & Stitch

Living in a place like Hawaii is perhaps the closest you can get to the “beach vibe.” You can surf (or try to) every day and relax by the beach. This movie has everything you need to feel that connection to the ocean, including fun music. If you truly were a mermaid in a past life, then you know that swimming feels like the tune of this song. Also, it is a friendly reminder of the importance of family, whether you live underwater or on land.

6. Soul Surfer

If you were a mermaid in a past life, chances are you like to swim, sail, or surf (or wish you could). I watched this movie when it came out and it was life-changing because it taught me that it’s possible to overcome obstacles in order to pursue one’s passion. It is hard to watch sometimes but it’s totally worth it. Although salty tears are likely to come out of your eyes (I know, you are still getting used to this on land), they will be because of sadness but also joy.

7. The Little Mermaid II

Growing up, you had to balance your love for land and sea. If you’re like me, then your mom and dad had to take you out of the water at some point (in my case, it was around 7 p.m.). Ariel’s experience with her daughter Melody (half mermaid, half human), might’ve been helpful to my parents. Anyhow, this movie will inevitably remind you of your stubborn nature as a child when you wanted to defy your parents and stay in the water indefinitely.

Little did they know that you simply, just simply, missed your past life as a mermaid.