This movie was shown in 2008 and I know it has already been 6 years since then. But, the lesson you can gain from it doesn’t seem to age in time.
Aside from comedy films, I also have a thing for cartoons and this is just another film that has touched my heart.
Lessons from Po, Master Shifu, Master Oogway and the Furious Five (Tigress, Monkey, Viper, Mantis and Crane)
1. There is No Accident
When Po (The Panda) was chosen to become “The Dragon Warrior” everyone was really furious about it. They doubted him and he had received a lot of mocking comments from everywhere he went because he was believed to be just an “accident”. He suddenly appeared from nowhere when the ceremony started and without any Kung fu experience, he became the chosen one.
2. Perseverance will Get you to Your Dreams
Though Po knows that he doesn’t have that “factor” to become the Dragon Warrior, he tried his best and NEVER GAVE UP. It was his dream and he wanted to give it a try and he did everything that he can, even though everyone didn’t believe in him.
3. If You Want It, You Get It.
All you have to do is focus yourself on it and free yourself from all the distractions that you will meet on your way to your dreams. Don’t let anyone bring you down. Believe in yourself and the rest will follow.
4. Life Doesn’t Always Have To Be Serious
One characteristic of Po that made me really like him is his jolly nature. He makes life easier by having fun in everything that he do. He is very witty and smart with a lot of sense of humor.
5. There is No Special Recipe
When Po received the “The Dragon Scroll” which is the promised treasure to the chosen Dragon Warrior, he was surprised to see that there is nothing written on it. Because there is no magic recipe. You,yourself is already the magic ingredient. There is no secret and all you have to do is just believe that you can.
6. Your Pride Will Kill You
When Tai Lung (The Leopard and the villain) was denied of the The Dragon Warrior Title, he became so hostile and started to ruin the city. He was imprisoned thereafter, but after 20 years, he escaped and went back to get his revenge.This was all because of his wounded pride when Master Oogway didn’t believe that he is the chosen one. But because of the prophecy that Po will be the Dragon Warrior, Tai Lung was killed and was defeated by Po.
7. You Only Have to Believe
Even if things may seem to be impossible, all you have to do is to believe. Believe in your own strength that you can move mountains. And sometimes, you also have to believe that others can too. Your faith in them can also make them stronger and thus, can make them believe in themselves too.
8. Always Be Strong
In the midst of all mockery, you are left with no choice but to be strong. Be strong in a way that you won’t let their hurtful words get into your heart which can discourage you.
9. Just be Yourself.
Don’t wish to become someone else. Yes, Po is a fat Panda, he can’t even climb the stairs with grace and was labeled as “weak” but he never ceased to be just himself and soon, he found out that “something” in him that is so unique that makes him worthy of the title: The Dragon Warrior.
10. If You Get Hurt, You Have to Learn Something New
Tai Lung: When He was hurt because he was denied of the title, he has to learn the value of humility.
Master Shifu: When Po became the The Dragon Warrior, his pride was hurt because not one of the Furious Five was chosen (he trained them for a long time) ; his faith was tested. He has to believe that he can train Po in just a short span of time.
Tigress and the Rest of the Furious Five: They were also hurt when denied of the title but, they have to learn and accept defeat.
Po: When he was mocked by people, he was hurt but, he has to learn the value of perseverance and courage.
It may just be a cartoon movie for some, but it has presented life lessons that are very valuable. In times when you think you can’t, just think of Po, and somehow, you can get that “spirit” that yes, just like him, you too can!
Happy Sunday Guys! <3