What The Lion King Taught us About Friendship, Family and Resilience
Its a big call…… but I’m going to call it! – The Lion King is absolutely my favourite Disney movie ever! Earning more than $11 billion dollars, it is the most successfulDisney franchise in history. Fans have loved watching Simba overcome so many challenges with the help, love and support of his family and friends.
Just like real life, the story is full of ups and downs. Simba is often in danger, but he doesn’t have to face it alone. He learns the meaning of loyalty and loss and winds up saving his homeland and taking back his throne. Simba was very resilient and although he had a lot of self doubt, he was able to overcome his insecurities and find his true self – the true king! What we know about resilience is that we have to overcome adversity, to have that personal growth and realise that we can do hard things.
Resilience is one of my favourite topics to teach at our You Glow Girl workshops,-knowing that you can do hard things, you have DONE hard things can really support young girls to have a positive mindset and realise that things can get better and you can always manage the curveballs that life throws at you!
Strengthen your FRIENDSHIPS through the lessons of The Lion King
If it hadn’t been for Nala and his other friends sticking by Simba through the tough times, Uncle Scar and the hyenas might have defeated him. Nala, Timon and Pumbaa really believe in Simba and encouraged him to be brave and courageous. Simba and his friends also knew how to have fun and had lots of happy moments too.
Think about these important friendship lessons
- Be flexible. Lions, warthogs, and meerkats may sound like unlikely allies, but it worked out for Simba. If you’re struggling to make new friends, especially as you grow older, consider reaching beyond your usual circle.
- Make introductions. Encourage your friends to get to know each other. You’ll discover more about each other and reinforce your connections.
- Listen to feedback. Even when things looked really hard and tricky, Simba’s friends believed in him. Their encouragement helped to give him the courage and confidence he needed to fulfil his destiny.
- Learn to relax. On a lighter note, Timon and Pumbaa also taught Simba about how to cope with pressure. Remember their famous words about putting your past behind you. It might also help to sing “hakuna matata,” or “no worries.”
- Focus on quality. When you think about it, Simba had only a few close friends, but they provided a lot of support. A handful of strong and healthy relationships will enrich your life more than a bunch of social media followers you barely know.
- Plan ahead. Real friendships are based on trust and positive interactions that develop gradually. Invest time and energy into your relationships.
Tell your friends why you love and adore them. Practicing gratitude for our friends make us feel good and also reinforces the positive energy your friend brings too. It’s a win win!
FAMILY Lessons from Lion King
The movie reminds us about the circle of life. It begins and ends with proud parents introducing the next generation. Cultivating family ties can help you feel a sense of belonging and connected to your family of origin.
Here are a few ideas to keep in mind:
- Set boundaries. Happy families treat each other with respect. Maybe Scar could have been a better brother to Mufasa if he didn’t feel so jealous and was able to talk about his feelings.
- Resolve conflicts. Then again, disagreements are natural. What matters is being able to be accountable for your actions, saying sorry (and meaning it)and then forgiving and moving on.
- Show appreciation. It also helps to let your family know how much you love them instead of taking each other for granted. Express your affection and gratitude.
- Create traditions. Make daily life and special occasions more festive. Family rituals generate lifelong memories and a sense of belonging. Enjoy weekly movie, games or trivia nights!
- Share responsibilities. Routine tasks have a big impact too. Give each family member an opportunity to contribute by dividing chores fairly. That way we all have a sense of accomplishment and contribution.
- Keep in touch. If there was a silver lining in the pandemic, it may have been the increase in time parents and children spent together. As you go back to work and school, keep that trend going with family dinners, bedtime stories, and weekend outings.
- Coping with grief. The Lion King also had a powerful message about loss that resonates with recent events. Maybe you and your children will find comfort and strength in your spiritual faith, religion or mother nature and embrace change and capture those moments of joy.
You can only be healthy and happy if you have healthy relationships. They also enhance our quality of life.
Just like Simba, you can be a roaring success by being kind, brave and cherishing your family and friends!