The Lion King

The Lion King both the animation one as well as the CGI version is my favourite movie. It is the one film that I can watch over and over again and never get tired of seeing it. Basically, it is a coming-of-age story about the bond between a lion and his young son – Mufasa, and his cub, Simba. Set in the Pride Lands of Africa. A father tries to prepare his son for the inevitability of death and the weight of the crown he’s destined to wear. A slighted uncle schemes with heathens in the badlands. A son cannot cope with the reality of his father’s murder and abandons his post to live a life of blissful ignorance, only to realize he cannot outrun his responsibility, or his birthright. He fights to reclaim the throne he’s abandoned and in doing so restores balance to life itself. Victorious, the new king ascends and as dawn breaks once more, his child enters the world. The circle remains unbroken.

The Lion King is one of the most emotional and heartwarming movies I have ever seen. The story is compelling, along with the dramatic underscore and music that accompanies it. It’s a story that many people can relate to on a personal level, including myself… the fact that life comes with many personal struggles, times of courage, hope, sadness, love, responsibility, and above all, family.

Here are some of the reasons why The Lion King stayed with me :

I found out what Hakuna Matata meant. In case you still don’t know, it means no worries for the rest of your days, a problem free philosophy, Hakuna Matata.

Timon and Pumbaa truly bff’s

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Mufasa ………. Wish he was my dad

Rafiki …………  “You see, he lives in you.”  Like my guardian angel

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Star gazing became my new favourite thing… 

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Simba and Nala …. The greatest love story ever

The most valuable life lessons I learnt… Life begets death; it is inevitable. You cannot run from the past, only learn from it. The ones we lose cannot truly be lost to us unless we allow ourselves to forget them, to forget what they taught us and who they believed we could be. There is a balance to our world that connects us all and only by hiding from who we are and refusing to aspire to be the greatest version of ourselves can it be thrown off. There is no futility in trying, even if trying leads to failure. The only true failure is apathy. Death begets life; it is unbreakable.

And yes …….. this song – 

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