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As a child, I fell in love with many movies, but the one I took to heart was The Lion King. I recall as a child wanting to watch it every day, and my grandma would fulfill my request, even if it drove her crazy; however, the movie created an everlasting bond between us. With the passing of my grandma, and the stress from college and life, I could always find guidance in The Lion King. With help from The Lion King, I feel everyone in the world going through hard times can push through it. This story of family, unconditional love, and philosophy on life, has helped to make my life a bit easier to live.

The lesson of life and death is the very fabric of the story, using the ideology of life being circular. The circle of life shows us that we all will live, but we all will die, because of the long-established rules of creation. Throughout the film, the central theme is Simba struggling with the loss of his father Mufasa. Simba took the death of his father hard, even more so because his uncle made him to believe that he was the cause of the death. With the loss of his father, Simba felt as if part of him died too. Simba didn’t feel like himself, and continued to mask the problem. As a child, I never understood the hardship Simba was faced with until the loss of my own grandma. My grandma was my everything, very much how Mufasa was everything to his son. I recall going through the cycle of emotions, and I always came back to our most treasured movie, The Lion King. I began to put myself in Simba’s situation, he eventually healed, but how would my healing process begin. She was the woman that loved me, cared for me, and taught me right-from-wrong. My grandma protected me from danger, like a mother lion. Simba became fixated on the past, having a hard time accepting the loss, thinking he could have done something different. I too became fixated; it just did not seem real. I began to question myself, what could I have done differently to prevent her death? It could have been something as simple as taking her to the doctor sooner. Sadly, no matter with I did, such as caring for her and giving her the breathing treatments that she needed, the circle of life was in full motion, and she died that Fall in 2013 from cirrhosis.

Heartbroken of course, the past came to haunt and hurt the core of my soul. As stated, I didn’t know how my healing process would begin. In the film, Rafiki and Simba have a conversation, Rafiki hits Simba with his walking-stick, with Simba replying “Oww! Geez, what was that for?” Rafiki then replies “It doesn’t matter, it’s in the past.” Simba says “Yeah, but it still hurts.” The Rafiki ends with “…yes, the past can hurt, but the way I see it, you can either run from it [past], or learn from it.” I took this scene as a different way to look at my life without my grandma. I learned that death is a natural part of life (the circle of life), that the past is the past, and that there is no going back. I began to be able to move on with my life without my grandma. Rafiki tells Simba that his father is not gone, because “He lives in you.” My grandma was physically gone from the world, but our special memories together would live with me forever, thus “She lives in me.”

After getting through that depression of losing my grandma, I was encountered with the stress of balancing college, work, and my personal life; however, The Lion King would again provide the answer to getting through this juggle. Timon and Pumbaa teach young Simba the ideology behind “Hakuna Matata.” The motto meaning “…no worries for the rest of your days.” At times, I can be a workaholic, and forget to take time for myself. I have slowly been coming to the realization that it’s not healthy for me to continue to not stop and sometimes smell the roses. In my perspective, Hakuna Matata means to live life, and not let it go by without having lived. As you can see, The Lion King has, and will continue to get me through the hard times of life. Therefore, I believe everyone should watch this movie, as it can heal past struggles.

 

 

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