Thursday, March 17, 2016

Hakuna Matata

It means ‘no worries’. The phrase popularized with the release of the Disney movie ‘The Lion King’ has stayed with me since my childhood days. It has deeply affected how I deal with everyday stresses and life in general. We live in a stressful environment. A very stressful one at that. Most mornings start at the crack of dawn with people jumping out of bed and scrambling to get through the day. Moms running around making sure the kids are ready for school and then running to get through their day, dads helping out moms or zoned out from the beating they had to take at work the day before. Kids having to sit through a horrendous bus ride to school and back through the potholed glory we choose to call roads. Grandparents trying to relax but unable to because of all the activity around them, wondering what is wrong with our generation.

So what makes us go around then? Why do we choose to do this day in and day out each day? Why
don’t all of us just throw the towel in, turn into depressed individuals and go deep within ourselves
refusing to face reality, finding solace instead in our own internal thoughts? Honestly I don’t know. I think part of it is that we have been conditioned to lead this life. A lot of us do it because it is expected of us. Some of us do it because we actually enjoy doing it. Whatever our reasons, we all do it go through our days running getting things done, from the crack of dawn till the end of the day when groggily we find our way into our bed and zone out only to get up the next day and do it all over again.

Whatever our reasons, I believe in doing it with a happy attitude. Tackle each challenge with a smile,
take life by its horns and smile at it. With the amount of stress in today’s life, it’s a miracle that we are still able to smile but the human condition is such that we have the ability to smile and laugh at the smallest things, rejoice in the smallest achievements, take the smaller pleasures in life and get enough energy from it to last us through weeks. You can choose to be depressed about all the madness or choose to be happy about what you do have going good. I choose happiness and I hope you do too. Like the song goes, don’t worry, be happy!