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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Hakuna Matata!

Hakuna Matata! What a wonderful phrase
Hakuna Matata! Ain't no passing craze
It means no worries for the rest of your days
It's our problem-free philosophy
Hakuna Matata!



I have been meaning to write on this for quite some time but just like everybody else, the beginning of school term and picking up pieces after the summer means a lot of work to do!

'Hakuna Matata' is perhaps my life motto. It is the phrase from the movie 'Lion King' which simply means 'no worries'. Now, it is most definitely not an easy task but me being a constant worrier, this would be a state of mind I would love to achieve. If you have seen the antics of Timon and Pumbaa (the meercat and warthog duo) and the sheer ease with which they deal with things and have fun all the way through in life, you would know what I mean. Sometimes in life, just about everything seems lousy. But its good to shake it up and put things in perspective.

One morning while reading through the set of websites that I generally browse through for news, I was reminded of good old days when me and my father would wait for the newspaper man to throw our beloved "Hindu" (a widely read newspaper in India) at the doorstep. My father would immediately grab hold of the main sections and pass on the less important sections to me. Sipping a hot cup of coffee we would both indulge into our readings while my mother would make breakfast. It was a silent, simple, daily morning ritual. No big deal! But now when I get up every morning alone in the apartment and stare into a monitor, that simple ritual seems like such a luxury. Back then though, I would argue with my father that I needed the main sections of the paper as well and I even asked him to buy another daily so that I could read it simultaneously.

My point is we never realize how wonderful life is while we are living it. Everything in hind sight seems better. The past always seems colorful and more joyous. The challenges met then are almost forgotten. Lets face it. We are not going to grow younger and our responsibilities are definitely not going to dwindle away. So why not enjoy and live the present to its fullest? Most people would kill to live such a secure, pleasant, peaceful and beautiful (ahem! yes Eindhoven too is beautiful ;))life.

And what do you do when you have a crappy time? Do what Dory, the fish with short term memory loss in 'Finding Nemo' does - just 'Keep Swimming' and good times will come along. :)


So Hakuna Matata people, and Keep Swimming all the way through!

Picture Courtesy - Walt Disney Pictures

12 comments:

Akhi Di said...

Very well written Viji... If u get a chance watch LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL ..Its a wonderful movie that preaches the same.. appreciating very bit of ur life and living it to the fullest:)

thamarai said...

Oyee Akhi..Thanks :)..Yes, I did see the movie after coming here..Fell in love with the actor and the kid that act in the movie...

Pinay in Dutchland said...

those are beautiful memories thamarai. i remember my father will bring me newspapers from the office, the biggest daily in the philippines. i would read it the whole evening and sometimes brings it to school. maybe thats when i developed my liking for writing.

i just had a talk with my dad and the memories of living with my parents is more alive than ever. oh the families that we have to leave behind.

thamarai said...

Thanks a ton Pinay..those memories are something we will always hold on to and would try to reproduce in our future families...:)

Droomvla said...

Who was it who said, whatever was, is in the past... Leave it. Today is here, enjoy it.

That's my philosophy in life now, after hitting the rock bottom a few years back. So yes, when I get up in the morning, I try to remember always to enjoy the here and the now. :)

thamarai said...

Hey Droomvla, that is an awesome thing you know. Sometimes the spirit you get up with comes with you the entire day!

Aledys Ver said...

Great post, thamarai! I surely appreciate the message you are so generously giving to us today!

The "hakuna matata" spirit somehow reminded me of another phrase that sadly became more widely known through a rathe depressing film, "Dead Poet's Society" (good film, but let's face it... teenage suicide? Totally depressing!)- the phrase is "carpe diem" or "seize the day" - live today to the fullest.

Thanks for sharing this!

thamarai said...

Aledys, thanks a lot! I will remember the "carpe diem" saying as well..:)

gsom said...

Gud one de..i got reminded of ur gyan sessions 2 me wen i was dwn:)

thamarai said...

sowmii, thanks de...:)..I hope I didn't bore you much then...

Nithya said...

another awesome post! and now you know what I do when I am swamped with work that I am supposed to be doing... Putting them in perspective now ;)
btw, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZ7IAkXlyJQ
Hakuna Matata! :)

thamarai said...

haha..Nithya, the video was great! Good luck for the coming weeks ahead! :)

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