It was a Tuesday night.  

A night that I just arrived home from the airport.

It had been a long day.

I was tired with little energy to unpack yet alone do the work that I had planned.

I turned on the television hoping one of the PBS who-dun-it shows was on but it wasn’t. However, Disney’s Lion King was airing so I switched in order to have something playing in the background as I prepared a meal.

I have watched the movie a few times and seen the musical. However, as I semi-watched, I became cognizant of life lessons being depicted.

For those that have never seen The Lion King, it is a Disney movie of a young lion cub, Simba, who cannot wait to be King but his uncle, Scar, who is second in line to the throne has other thoughts in mind.

There are many lessons in this film. Lessons of life and death, sibling rivalry, betrayal, respect, fear, friendship, love, leadership& forgiving.  

These are a few lessons that resonated with me.

  • You Can’t Run Away From Your Troubles.
    • The past will continue to haunt you.

Simba runs away and lives in fear. His fear keeps him from standing up to his uncle who killed Mufasa and has exiled him from his family and land. Once Simba faces his fear and the challenge he is victorious.

Sometimes we spend a lot of time running away from fears and challenges.

When in reality if we face them they usually turn out not to be as big as we have created them in our heads.

Once faced, we move on feeling accomplished.

Oh yes, the past can hurt. But from the way I see it,
you can either run from it or learn from it.

  • Avoid "Hyenas"
    • Avoid negative people.
Avoid the people that lie & steal--steal your energy or your enthusiasm.
Be selective of who you hang with.
Don’t let them bring you down.

  • Friends/Support Can Come From Unexpected Places
    • When Simba is forced by his uncle to run away from home he becomes friends with two unlikely characters, Timon and Pumba, a meerkat and warthog respectively.

ce Timon and Pumba are comfortable they will not be eaten they teach Simba a new way of life and assists him when he returns home to challenge his uncle.
Support can come from unlikely places.

  • Remember Who You Are
    • Deep inside we have the power to accomplish great things. We just need to unlock our potential by first remembering who we are.

Remember your childhood dreams?

Simba in his new life let his childhood dream of being king ‘die’ until he got the wake-up call he needed.

There is a reason you have your desires and dreams. For Simba, it was to take his rightful place as King, continuing the Circle of Life and to bring peace to his land and animals.

Do you need a wake-up call to remember who you are?

"You have forgotten who you are and so have forgotten me.
Look inside yourself, Simba. You are more than what you have become."


  • Forgive Yourself
  • Simba felt sorry for himself; blaming himself for his father’s death even though it wasn’t his fault. The self-loathing and pity didn’t solve anything and it squelched confidence. Sometimes we let past mistakes hold us back.

"It’s times like this my buddy Timon here says:
you got to put your behind in your past."


  • Have at least one good friend or advisor
  • Simba was very fortunate to have at least two, Rafiki, and Nala. Both reminded him of the importance to return to his destiny to be King, They reminded him of who is really was. Do you have someone to guide you, and remind you of your values and dreams?

  • Hakuna Matata

"It means no worries
For the rest of your days
It's our problem-free philosophy
Hakuna Matata!…"

Worrying is not constructive. There is a solution to everything.
Make the best of every situation.

As you can see the Lion King is not just a movie for children.

There are many lessons to learn and apply to our adult life.

Adulting can be challenging but if we remember who we are, forgive ourselves, stay away from negative influences, have trusted advisors and remember there is a solution to every challenge we will be ok!

"As you go through life, you will see that there is so much that we don’t understand.
And the only thing we know is things don’t always go the way we plan."


"Movement is Magic"

Nancy Smith
Vibrant You Coaching
"Faith, Focus, Finish"
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