If it wasn’t obvious – I love PANDAS. The giant panda is my spirit animal – we like to chill, eat, sleep, roll around and spend time alone. But when Happy Panda is not so happy – I look to the movie Kung Fu Panda for my boost of serotonin and motivation. Po’s journey to becoming the dragon warrior is so motivational and extremely relatable. So I thought I’d walk you through why I find this movie so motivational. (If you haven’t watched the movie – SPOILER ALERT)
The Beginning – Feeling lost
The beginning when Po is lost about what he wants to do in life. He struggles to find his passions but also struggles with adjusting to normal life as a noodle soup chef. Wanting to make his dad proud but also wanting to strike out on his own – I relate with this so much.
Finding your passions isn’t always easy especially if you don’t have anyone around that can guide you or motivate you.
The Middle – Finding your path
Po “accidently” gets picked as the dragon warrior and it is all that he is ever wanted. But Master Shifu and the others pick on him in the hopes that he will leave. This scene gets me every single time – I spent most of my 20s relating to this feeling.
Despite finding your path, it isn’t always the easiest to follow your passions. There are obstacles, naysayers and your own lack of self belief that makes that journey a lot harder.
The End – Finding yourself and believing in yourself
When Po finally gets the dragon scroll and understands its meaning.
We all keep thinking that if we were richer or smarter or more beautiful or thinner or taller – things would be different. But we don’t need no secret ingredient, we’re all already special just as we are.
And following it up with –
Through out the series Po is made to feel like he isn’t worthy of being the dragon warrior just because he is a big fat panda. So instead of fighting it, he accepts it and that completes his journey to become the dragon warrior.
When we accept ourselves for who we truly are we become invincible. This reminds me of this quote by Tyrion Lannister in the Game of Thrones – “Never forget what you are, the rest of the world will not. Wear it like armour and it can never be used to hurt you.” If you truly 100% own up to who you are no one can make you feel less.
This was a very random post inspired by my love for Kung Fu Panda. That movie will forever be one of my favoritest movies. Share movies or books that inspire you in the comments below.
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