I recently watched Disney’s “The Lion King” live action remake and had a surprising reaction…
I actually felt good when the movie was done!
Don’t get me wrong, I had my issues with this version of the movie but there was one thing that really stood out to me – and that’s what I want to focus on with this post.
There was a line from the movie that I hadn’t remembered – “Remember who you are…”
This statement jumped out at me in such a huge way that I’m writing this post at 2:53 a.m.!!
Why so important?
I recently turned 40 years old and while I often take stock of where things are in my life (sometimes good and sometimes not so great) I had to stop the film from playing. When the original Lion King came out in 1994, I was a mere 13 year old!
While there are definitely things that I’ve learned in life as I’ve gotten older and wiser, I can say there are some things that I’ve forgotten that in hindsight that I shouldn’t have:
- Walk with little to no fear
- Don’t sweat the small stuff
- Life is about looking forward
Having no fear
Whether this comes from being “young and dumb” or because as younger little humans we haven’t really experienced life to a great extent, (I’m not sure), I’ve realized that there is more fear as we strive into “middle age.” Is this because we have more to lose? Is it due to experience?
Sometimes I miss “stepping out on faith” as it were. That’s not to say I didn’t have any fear as a kid but when I look back, I think I viewed life differently than I do now. If I was afraid that something wouldn’t work out, “Oh well, there’s always tomorrow and another opportunity…”
Not sweating the little things
This is oh so hard for me today! Things stay with me much longer and I don’t bounce back emotionally as quickly as I did when I was a child.
Remember the book, “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” – Boy would I love to interview the author of that book! That’s another post for another day…
I was in JROTC in high school and I recall standing at attention with my eyes forward. When you can only look ahead, you lose sight of what’s going on around you. You are focused – almost with blinders on – just like a racehorse.
As I’ve aged, I feel like my head is routinely scoping out things that are near me as well as far off.
“Will this knock me off balance?”
“Let me plan for this possible happening…”
Sometimes this way of thinking is discombobulating.
What the heck am I saying with this post?
All the rambling I just did above, this is my conclusion:
Remember who you are…
Full of courage…
Marry that with who you are today:
Still full of courage…
When Simba, (Yes, we’re back to The Lion King, LOL), travelled back to his Pride, he was able to join his younger self with the “person” he had become. When he took that fear, excitement, wonder about life, understanding that people will deceive you and so much more… only then was he able to overcome himself to truly “come home…”