Is The Lion King one of your family’s favourite films? I’m very much looking forward to seeing the new version of Disney’s The Lion King this summer at the cinema which marks the 25th anniversary of the release of the original movie. Such a great film for all the family and it got me thinking about the lessons that we can all learn from this remarkable story.
Here’s a few quotes from the film and how they relate to your gymnastics club’s core values and the way your child learns them with the help of gym club mascot Freddie Flair Bear and his friends the Tumble Teddies.
1. “Being brave doesn’t mean you go looking for trouble” says Mufasa.
Simba is learning how to be brave and loves working on his roar but sometimes he gets carried away and puts himself and his friends in dangerous situations like he did when he ran into the hyenas with Nala.
“Remember, you can still be brave without inviting potential danger into your life. Put safety first,” says Safety Samuel Bear!
2. “Remember who you are” says Mufasa.
Don’t get caught up trying to be like someone else. Be yourself. Once Simba connected with who he really was it was easy for him to see what he had to do next. Mufasa only had a short time with his son in the Pride Lands of Africa but that doesn’t mean that his influence didn’t have a lasting impact on his son Simba.
“A parent’s influence never leaves you and we still feel their impact and hear their wise words long after they are gone. Remember to cherish and respect your parents,” says Courteous Claire Bear!
3. “You can’t Hakuna Matata forever” says Timon and Pumbaa.
It would be great to live with no worries for the rest of your life but Simba learns that although it is a good thing not to worry, he still has to face up to his responsibilities and learn to grow and thrive because of them.
“Remember to always look on the bright side of life and be the best possible version of yourself that you can be,” says Peter Bear the Performer!
4. “Change is good but it is not easy” says Rafiki.
Change can be difficult but it doesn’t mean that it is wrong or bad. Simba’s life becomes so much better after Rafiki advises him to stop eating bugs and wasting his time sleeping all day.
“Make a plan. Write a list of all the things you’d like to change in your life and tick it off. Remember that progress = happiness,” says Efficient Ellie Bear!
5.“You gotta put your behind in the past!” says Pumbaa.
Whether your past was good or bad, don’t live in the past. Put your past behind you. After Mufasa dies, Simba lives with guilt and regret but he learns from his new friend Pumbaa that he can’t change the past and with his friends by his side he looks towards a brighter future.
“Remember to be confident and stride positively towards your future,” says Freddie Flair Bear the Confidence Bear!
Besides these legendary quotes The Lion King teaches us many life lessons about life, death, friendship, greed, respect, fear and leadership. So there’s much more to learn from Disney films than we realise.
As we come towards the end of the term I’d like to wish you all a very happy summer break. Enjoy your holidays if you are going away and if you are staying at home I hope you have a magical time full of adventure, just like Simba. Hakuna Matata!
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