Hakuna Matata

May 10, 2013
Hakuna Matata. Translated from Swahili, it literally means ‘no worries’. If real life lived up to the expectations of Timon and Pumba, our lives would all be free of worries, and all our mottos would be Hakuna Matata.
“It means no worries, for the rest of our days.” The idea of a worry-free life seems too much to ask these days. It seems as if it is all society’s fault, that there are too many rules and expectations for our lives to be worry free. But if we just stopped caring, if we ignored the parameters of society, then maybe we could achieve anything we wanted.
“It’s our problem-free philosophy, Hakuna Matata.” No worries. No troubles. Just fun and carefree days. The only people who are truly carefree are small children. If you have no worries past the age of ten, then society deems that there is something wrong with you. If you do have worries before the age of ten, society deems there is something wrong with you. When is it ever okay to be who you are?
“Somehow I cannot hide who I am though I’ve tried.” We will never be good enough for society. Even if we do everything they want us to, society will always find a fault in us. We are never perfect. And if we achieve perfection, it’s wrong. Then we’re considered too perfect and fake.
“When will my reflection show who I am inside?” Maybe it’s better that society tells us we will never be good enough. Maybe we are meant to find the disappointments in life first, so we know to cherish the happiness and success.
But maybe it’s all for the better. Maybe this was the role we were meant to play. Maybe we were always supposed to be fighting for our beliefs. Maybe, we are what we were always meant to be.

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