Remember who you are

Summer is well and truly here with another year of record-breaking temperatures. Blockbuster movie season is upon us as well, and this year, there are several that will help to remind us of 2019. I reckon one of them will be Disney’s CGI remake of their 1994 classic The Lion King. I’m not sure about the need for all these remakes. I guess it brings the movie to a new generation. I watched the (new) Aladdin and am intrigued by how much the ending of the story has been changed. I can’t help wondering if any story will ever be told as it was written. The (new) Lion King is much more true to the original but (IMHO) lacks the pace and humour which made the first movie so endearing. Please don’t misunderstand me, the visuals are stunning.

The story

The reason I am writing about The Lion King is because I feel it ties in with what we’re doing here at thegraffitiwall.com. If you haven’t watched the movie, here is a very brief summary. Simba, a lion cub, is the son of Mufasa, the King of Pridelands. In a tragic “accident” orchestrated by Simba’s uncle Scar, Mufasa is killed trying to rescue Simba who finds himself in the middle of a wildebeest stampede. Scar blames his nephew for causing Mufasa’s death and suggests the only thing to do now is for Simba to run away and never ever come back.

Simba is too young to understand the evil ways of the world and reluctantly sets off. He is met by two happy-go-lucky friends who are much further down in the food chain. In an attempt to stay alive, they teach the young lion cub to be carefree and to go with the flow. As time goes by, Simba forgets who he is until a chance encounter with his childhood friend Nala. She gives him the news that all is not well at home since Mufasa died and that his uncle Scar has run the Pridelands into the ground.

At first, Simba isn’t the least bit interested in going back but in a vision, he is reminded about his father and things he was taught as a cub. His friends’ carefree lifestyle of “Hakuna Matata” wasn’t anything like what his father had taught him. Anyway, you can guess the rest. Simba returns, fights off his evil Uncle Scar along with his hyena accomplices and restores the Pridelands to their former glory. The whole movie is interspersed with catchy, iconic Disney songs.

What does this have to do with me?

How does this matter to us? I think in our extremely busy lives, we so often forget what our original goals were. Under constant pressure to deliver results, we so often forget who we are. We may find ourselves making decisions or behaving in a way we never thought we would.

I hear too many stories of people recounting too late in life, the things they wished they had done differently. Here on thegraffitiwall.com, we’re trying to encourage people to write the story of what made them leave their home and choose to work in a foreign land, even a desert with a hostile climate! Putting pen to paper makes one think deeply about things as you need to gather your thoughts together and organise them. Often, you find you get to make peace with tough things from the past. It’s not only very therapeutic but it makes for great reading too. 🙂

It’s all good

We all have a story which is truly unique to us, just like our DNA! I truly believe that if written down, other people will find it interesting and encouraging. If you’ve been smart and made a success, “remembering who are” will serve to take stock of how far you’ve come. Maybe your story isn’t about moving to a new place. Maybe you helped a child reach their full potential or started a business which is now integral to the community you are based in. What I’m trying to say is, big or small, everyone counts. It’s all good!

Personally, I can vouch that life is much nicer because I have a cleaner who comes twice a week and a grocery store who deliver. My car is washed every other day and the laundry downstairs adds hours to my week. These tradesmen faithfully do their work, and in the process, make my life easier, probably unaware of the difference they make. I know I would love to hear their stories and get a glimpse of their view of the world. Wouldn’t you?

Until next time, as you ponder who you are and all the things you were taught as a child, put pen to paper and write your story down for us!

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