My all-time favorite Disney movie is The Lion King. The adventure, singing, and animals were just a joy to watch! “Oh I just can’t wait to be king!” still sings in my head as I type.
In this movie, young little Simba finds himself in a troubling situation and runs away from everything he knows, including himself. He lives his entire life apart from his home, family, and true-self, forgetting his destiny of one day becoming king. Once he’s older, he is visited by an old friend who encourages him to “remember who you are…”
Funny how a children’s movie can depict such a real life issue.
I used to be a lot like Simba…
I’ve made choices that have taken me down the wrong path, running out of fear to the point of forgetting who I am.
I’ve cowered to lies like ‘I’m not good enough’ or ‘I can’t do that’.
I’ve thought I needed to be what the world told me…and I pushed away my core-self in order to keep up the facades I put on.
And the more I gave into the fears or lies, the more I pushed away my true-self, and forgot who I really was.
Maybe you’ve been there too?
It can be a slippery slope to the land of a false identity.
And an even bigger mountain to climb to get back to the truth of who you are.
I climb this mountain daily, believing that the climb to who I really am is better than the fall of a false identity. Trusting that I will get to the top. And hoping that I can help pull others up along the way.
The Lion King ended with Simba remembering that he was destined for greatness. He returned home, defeated darkness, and took his rightful place in the animal kingdom.
A lesson is to be learned here: when we remember who we are and take our rightful place, we too will impact those around us and do great things. We were all created for a purpose, and will have an impact in this life beyond what we can imagine, when we remember who we are.
So I ask you today, do you remember who you are?