I just got back from my New York City trip. As I told in a previous post we had a Mother/Daughter weekend in New York City going to see the Lion King on Broadway. I have always loved the story of the Lion King. I remember seeing it with my children back when it came out in 1994. The actual Broadway Play started running back in 1997. For me this was a dream come true as I have always wanted to see a Broadway play. My daughter has been to several Broadway Plays and this was her favorite so she chose to see it again with us. Before going I was curious as to whether it would live up to my expectations. WOW, not only did it live up to my expectations but exceeded them. The costumes, the music, the choreography, everything was just INCREDIBLE.
One of the things I LOVE about the Lion King is the story itself. Simba as a baby cub is doing as most young children do living the carefree fun life. He gets in to trouble with his friend Nala and his Father has a talk with him. At the end of the talk his Father tells him "So whenever you feel alone, just remember that those kings will always be there to guide you ... and so will I."
His Uncle Scar plots his Dad's death and makes Simba think he caused it. Simba runs away trying to escape from his past. He meets up with Timon (the meerkat) and Pumbaa (the warthog). Timon tells him "When the world turns its back on you; you turn your back on the world!" So Simba grew up in this happy bachelor life, eating bugs and grubs, until one day, his childhood friend Nala showed up. He tells her; "I just needed to... get out on my own. Live my own life. And I did. And it's great." It almost sounds like he is trying to convince himself as well as her.
Along with meeting up with his childhood friend Nala he also meets back up with the monkey Rafiki. Who tells him "I know your father, he's alive and I will show him to you." He has Simba look at his own reflection and when Simba says he only sees himself Rafiki tells him to look harder because he lives in you. He hears his Dad's words "You have forgotten who you are, and so you have forgotten me. Look inside yourself Simba. You are more than what you have become. Your must take your place in the Circle of life."
Rafiki then says the most profound words of the whole story "Oh yes the past can hurt but the way I see it you can either run from it, or... learn from it." Simba goes on to find himself and save the pride and everything else from extinction.
If you are interested in someday seeing the Broadway Play the Lion King I found this cute YouTube clip that goes back and forth between the film and the play.
Isn't this a beautiful life story and in so many ways represents what happens when we transform from a child to an adult. As I told you in an earlier post we were celebrating my daughter's 26th birthday and my friends daughters 13th birthday. My friends daughter is very sweet but at that 13 year old stage where it is "ALL ABOUT ME". My daughter could see herself 13 years ago. I can't tell you how many times she apologized to me over the weekend for what I put up with when she was 13; it was quite humerous. My daughter was a terror at that age. Thank God she came out on the other side and is a wonderful responsible young woman.
So how does a Texas girl end up living in New York City? She actually moved there after graduating from the Univeristy of North Texas in Communications Design. Moving there as a graphic artist she quickly found out that she REALLY DID NOT LIKE corporate America. (The acorn does not fall far from the tree). She decides this after moving to one of the most expensive cities in the world. At this point she ended up getting a job with a Charter Airline based out of JFK as a flight attendant. The company she works with does mainly International flights. She is literally seeing the world and getting paid to see it. The Airline has one of the contracts to move our troops and she loves those troop flights. By choice she mainly works these troop flights; they remind her of the boys back home. To be quite honest these are a lot of the boys back home as Texas is well represented in our military.
As far as her art goes it is showing up in other ways. She has really gotten in to photography and keeps a running photographic file of her travels on Flickr. She also writes long entertaining emails about her travels. This might not have been what she ended up graduating in but the life experiences she is getting is incredible. The same strong willed traits that I fought as she was growing up are proving to be invaluable as a young adult. If you go to her Flickr site look to the right and you will see the sets. I pulled up the picture on the left from an Iceland trip. She has fairly long layovers on these trips and takes full advantage. As we were heading back to Texas she was heading for a week in Southeast Asia. She will be going to Japan, Guam and Thailand. She will spend her actual 26th birthday in Guam.
Her brother heads back to Iraq with the Army mid March who knows maybe she will be on the flight taking him there.