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After A Dozen Plus Viewings Of The Lion King, Still Questioning “Hakuna Matata.”

StaffDecember 2021

This is a new year article...and as such, I’m going to be reflective and maybe even make a resolution. That said, best to just get it out to the world that I’ve gotten old enough now that I’ve started to analyze messaging and content that I’ve taken for granted over the years. Yes it's clear now, thanks to my 14 year old pointing out the lyrics, that 50% of 1980s hits are based on stalking i.e. Every Breath You Take, Lionel Richie… “Hello” never sounded creepier, etc. Fast forward to modern day issues with parents vs. school boards on curriculum content and I suppose I simply was not paying attention. So I decided to put on these new lenses and just the other day with holidays on the cards, the Lion King made the list and sure enough there was Hakuna Matata.

Now I totally get that the movie uses that whole scene/ song within context to illustrate to kids the importance of accepting responsibility, etc. That said, like everything else, it’s become a motto it seems and a stand alone mantra for some millennials and others since then, with the true meaning lost. Being a self-made businessman, the struggles were real. Even after some successful business ventures... build it, sell it, rinse, repeat...barring Consult PR of course...which I can’t see myself selling and love as a part of my day to day. After all...it keeps me ahead of the curve on technology and marketing...important to all present and future other ventures. But I digress, what I mean to say is...I don’t think I ever could have hakuna matata-ed...even if I wanted to. Not in my DNA. That said, it seems in plentiful supply in some of the recent candidates that have interviewed or been hired and not worked out over the past decade or so. So let me be clear, if you live and breathe hakuna matata, please don’t apply.

Now there was this one millisecond some years back where I seriously considered hakuna matata...when I asked myself, hey have I made it or what? Something to do with financial independence and all that. Crossroads my derriere...bury me in my work polo and consolidate my retirement party and funeral into one. Now don’t confuse me with being a workaholic, although my days do start at 4:30 AM and can run well past 12 hours on most business days.  That considered, I never miss breakfast and snuggles in the morning with the kids, little daily conversations about homework/ school kid drama and school pickups/ homework cheerleading. Truth is, I’m a family man through and through..as has been stated in many articles over the years.  No need to beat that drum again.  But...hakuna matata...it means no worries...for the rest of your days...what nonsense. I mean I guess I am not a worrier, but stress is like oxygen for me, so Disney can wipe that propaganda with a piece of toilet paper and flush it.

Ahh...and last but not least, our unwelcome bedfellow Covid, here to stay it seems, albeit in Florida at least we’d rather get on with living. We’re in it together...lol.  As tired a line as there ever was...but nonetheless forcefully true. So I know this article is outside the norm.  It’s pretty much an opinion, laced with sarcasm and an obvious opportunity to vent. No, I don't want an award for 3rd place in this writing contest, Disney please stop trying to brainwash my kids,  yes parents should absolutely determine what their kids are taught in school, please feel free to defund the police in any city whose constituents want to experience the 3rd world right here at home...but please not mine, and yes this is the greatest country in the world. The closest I’m gonna get to a new year resolution is my intention this year to celebrate life with my family and my fellow Americans, God knows we all need to! - Paul D. Ramkissoon, President, Consult PR

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