So this weekend the New Jungle Book movie came out.
My kids and I have watched the Disney animated version no less than 35 times! What’s not to love?
Of course my kids want to see this new, non-animated one … at first they were a bit hesitant, wondering if they want to see it after totally loving the animated one we’ve come to know and love. But, like all of life, things change and sometimes for the better. We don’t know until we experience it.
In the story, Mogli is a young boy who is adopted by wolves. This brings such a kindness to a pack of animals who seem to receive so much angst as being ‘wild’. And yet, they take in Mogli as a baby and raise him as one of his own. Sterotypes can be broken.
In the process, Mogli grows up and becomes not only one of the wolf pack but becomes friends with many of the other jungle animals. Many of the animals, except one, Shere Khan who believes a Man Boy doesn’t belong in the jungle and will only cause trouble.
Isn’t it just like life? There’s always the biggest bully who is afraid that someone different will outshine him. And that’s usually the case, isn’t it?
Being different is great! I mean, who wants to blend in and be like everyone else? Like Mogli, you need to break out of the pack and be who you really are and go towards your destiny!
But, it’s a jungle out there.
You must be aware of the ones who will always try to rain on your parade.
There will ALWAYS be that parent who is snarky, sarcastic to others’ detriment, the co-worker who gossips, or the neighbor who just sees the downside to everything. They want to conform or have you conform or at least not be outshined.
Being different is good.
Be the one who works harder.
Be the one who has your own business – as a pet sitter, a makeup consultant, as the supplement dealer, as the organizer, the baker, the candlestick maker, it doesn’t matter. And you know what? You might even do one then another and another to find your place and purpose and That’s COOL! Why? Because you’re out there giving it your all to find your purpose and without purpose, it’s awfully difficult to face each day.
Wait … Cool? Not flaky? Okay … so some people who jump from one to another, will be flaky. But jumping from one to another doesn’t automatically make you flaky.
Think about how many people are simply unhappy.
They don’t know their purpose and haven’t done a damn thing to find it.
They bitch about everything , including you peddling your wares and remarking (sarcastically, at that) “what’re ya selling now?”
So how do you handle that? Tell them it’s probably not for them, but thanks for asking.
THAT will get their goat! And they’ll just have to know!
Look, there is no law, no rule, no policy, no ethically by-law, no etiquette page (that should be bothered with) that says you need to like or be nice to everyone. And if someone is just a bitch or a jerk, move on, because that, my friend, is YOUR time! And how you choose to spend your time will dictate how successful your life will be.
And be careful how you teach your kids about being ‘the norm’. How they dress, how they act, what they do … how many times do you catch someone, even you or your spouse, saying something like “what will other people think?” or “that won’t fit in” or “that doesn’t match” … let’s celebrate our differences!
My youngest boy is kind, patient, loving, and can handle nun-chucks, light sabers, and ninja staffs like nobody’s business, and yet, he loves pink. I’ve never deterred him away from this. His dad and I embrace and encourage that there are no gender specific colors or toys or clothes. While we encourage wearing things in kindergarten that won’t distract the class from learning, we also encourage each of our kids to be who they are, as long as they are kind and loving in the process.
Choose to spend life pleasing others and you’ll never please yourself. Instead of focusing on what others will think, how about being proud of who you are, never needing to defend who you are, and surrounding yourself with others who celebrate YOU vs tolerate you.
So, it’s a jungle out there, bring your machete, your hat, your sunscreen, and start exploring!
What do you think of people who are different and have you caught yourself being a little critical of others at times? I know I’ve done the “what will others think?” in the past! GUILTY! Comment below and share your thoughts on this topic.
To Our Differences! See life from a different perspective: (my son & his gymnastics friends on the beach!)
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