I would always watch Lion King growing up. It was my escape movie from my life. Later on I was diagnosed with ptsd because of child abuse. One day I was watching it again and the quote from Rafiki “the past can hurt but the way I see it, you either run from it or learn from it” really hit me and pushed me to deal with my past. I drew strength from Simba going back and facing Scar, to push myself into facing my past. If it wasn’t for that movie I don’t think I would have ever dealt with my past.
I have a sensory disorder. If I begin to have a panic attack, I have the Lion King soundtrack in my car. My favorite track is the instrumental that plays while Rafiki is telling Simba to go back to Pride rock.
Confession: Simba from The Lion King (specifically, when he was young and voiced by Jonathan Taylor Thomas) is one of the reasons why I have grown to love my raspy voice. He made it seem normal and not something to be ashamed of. It’s just the sound of your voice!
“When I was really little, I didn’t understand when movies had timeskips where the characters grow older. Disney movies were no different. In Fox and the Hound, I wondered where Todd and Copper went and who the bigger fox and dog who took their place were, and in Lion King, I was perplexed as to where Simba disappeared to and why a different-sounding Mufasa was suddenly hanging out with Timon and Pumbaa in his place.”