PDD Hawaii: The Lion King Jr.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

It's a classic story; a favorite Disney film for so many of us. I know a lot of people who've told me this movie has actually made them cry (or at least led them onto the verge of crying), but movies don't really affect me emotionally unless I can actually relate to it. And seeing this film again for the first time in years, I will admit...tears did fall.

I used to think The Lion King was just about a cute little lion on his journey to becoming king. Ok, I know that is like the most generic summary of the movie, but I never thought of it as anything beyond that; nothing serious—just a cute movie to teach kids about strength and bravery. But after losing my dad last year, I no longer see it as just about a cute little lion. It's so much more than that. It's a story about a child who was forced to grow up overnight and accept a burdensome responsibility that he was not ready for; a story about loss, the cruel reality of life, and finding the courage to be strong during times when faith is scarce.

In many ways, I saw myself in Simba. Sounds so stupid to be comparing myself to a cartoon, especially a talking animal cartoon. But that's the magic of storytelling; it's universal. And this story has helped me accept my dad's passing just a little bit more. It might not have made the biggest difference, but any step forward, is simply...a step forward.

I was lucky to have seen the Broadway Musical of The Lion King when they came to Hawaii in 2014. It was amazing. I have no other words to describe it. And now, this song will always mean more to me than it ever did.

"He lives in you." 💗


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