This post is a part of A-Z Challenge for bloggers, that takes place every year in the month of April. Bloggers take part in this challenge for self-improvement and to overcome the “writer’s block”. Each one of us writes one article every day, starting from the alphabet ‘A’, right up to ‘Z’. My theme for this year’s challenge is – “Life Philosophies round the World”.
HAKUNA MATATA! This phrase is no stranger to anyone, especially for the fans of the animated movie THE LION KING. Hakuna Matata always brings with it the cute and carefree faces of Timon and Pumbaa for me. Although the phrase gained its popularity from the Disney movie, it originated from East Africa.
Hakuna means “there is not” and Matata means “problems or troubles”. Hence, they together mean – there are no worries or stop worrying.
The phrase suggests one to give up their worries and everything will fall into place. One needs to stop overthinking about the future and the past in order to enjoy the present. I find it very amusing how almost all the philosophies across the world suggest to give up all the worries and truly, entirely live in the moment, yet the human race today finds it so difficult to do so.
Does it mean to overlook our troubles?
Giving up all our distress and enjoying the moment however does not mean not to acknowledge our troubles. It rather means to look for solutions to our troubles and do everything that is in our hands, without worrying or stressing over the end results.
Hakuna Matata does not mean to suppress our emotions of fear, guilt, anger or aggression. It simply means to act reasonably as no one but only we are responsible for our actions at the end of the day. So, if your day does not end with guilt, remorse or frustrations of how you acted during the day, HAKUNA MATATA! You’re already living a great life.
Self – Compassion
It further teaches us to be self-compassionate, i.e., to never apologizing for the way we feel. There is no need to be happy all the time, because that’s practically not possible and can sometimes even be damaging. We are allowed to be sad, angry, anxious or simply freak out, as these are natural reactions to situations. However, once the venting out is done, what’s important is to pull ourselves out of the zone and be in the state of relaxation again.
We also need to remember that our feelings do not define us nor do they reflect our character. So, holding on to our feelings and cultivating them into a weapon or means of harming someone or ourselves is a complete no-no!
So, be kind to yourself, only then can we be kind to others and surround ourselves with such people and get rid of the ones that spread toxicity around us. Relax! Breathe! And say Hakuna Matata every time you start worrying about a problem.
You may read about other such mind and soul evoking philosophies here.
This post is part of #BlogchatterAtoZ challenge 2021.