“Hakuna Matata, what a wonderful phrase…Hakuna Matata, ain’t no passing craze.” Sing along, Hakunaaaa Maatataaaa. What? You haven’t heard the song? Seriously? No? WHAT WORLD DO YOU LIVE IN?
Alright, I am assuming that if you haven’t heard the song then you haven’t seen the cutest animated movie ever made. THE LION KING? Rings a bell? Finally! So you’ve heard of it. Hakuna Matata is a song from this movie.
Hakuna Matata, it means no worries for the rest of your days. It’s our problem free philosophy. Okay so by now you must have understood why I named the article Hakuna Matata.
Every morning I go to the park for a jog.(Trying to implement the previous article) So, I’ve been noticing this girl since three days now. She’s always in a school uniform. Hair nicely tied up with a ribbon. Skirt slightly above the knees. Bag beside the bench. Looking to the sky, with her hands in the coat pocket. Usually, her look is disturbed. As if she’s trying to find an answer.
I asked myself. She’s still in school. What problems would she have? Bully? Boy? Parents? Peer pressure? Marks? Okay, So I was wrong. Kids have problems too.
First day was fine. I wondered if her friends had ditched her for the bunk. The second day, I was slightly worried about her. The entire day I kept thinking about her. Even in class, I could hardly concentrate on the lecture. All I could think of tears rolling down her cheeks. The black liner making them look worse. At night I decided to talk to her the next day.
Next morning I hurriedly went to the park. I was in no mood for a jog. I just wanted to see the girl. Much to my expectations, she wasn’t there. I was disheartened. But somewhere deep inside, I was relieved that at least she’s not bunking and not crying her heart out!
I thought of going back home. The moment I turned around. She was standing behind me like a ghost! Swollen, blood shot eyes. For a moment, I was scared. This became worse when she asked me if I was looking for her. I guess she noticed me looking at her for the past two days. I asked her what she was doing in the park?
She asked me to move from her spot. I moved. A few seconds later, I sat beside her. She din’t answer. That was the moment when I realized that something was wrong. I told her she could tell me what was bothering her? In the beginning, I kept on asking her very nicely. I told her she could trust me as a friend and also told her that I had been thinking about her all day. She asked me to bugger off. (Really kid? That’s how you’ll pay me back?)
I told her I recognized the school uniform and lied about being a pass out from the same school. That very instant she begged me not to tell anyone that she was here. I promised not to but on a condition. Her reaction din’t show that she was willing to negotiate but then she had no option.
She answered, “I don’t like school anymore.” I asked her what class she was in. “Ninth”, she said. Inside my head, I went, CRAP! On asking thrice, what made her dislike school so much that she would lie to her parents and bunk the school, she exclaimed, “There’s this boy.” And after this she went mum.
“Okay, so?” I asked. With teary eyes, she looked at me and started, “My best friend likes him and so do I. I don’t want to lose her. But I really like that boy. I can’t decide. Should I tell her? I don’t want to break her heart. I don’t want to lose her. I know that boy likes me not her. But I don’t have the courage to tell her this.” After this emotional outburst, which happened so fast, she cried like a baby, covering her face with her hands.
It took me TEN long seconds to digest this. Okay so now I am officially a vending machine. Hah! So cool. Sorry coming back to the situation. I grabbed her hand. The first thing that I told her to do, was to calm down. After explaining the whole teenager love cycle. I finally told her that if that friend was her true best friend. Then she wouldn’t mind her dating that boy. “She will care about your happiness, like you care about hers” I said. I told her that she was an amazing human being for caring so much about her best friend.
She decided to tell her best friend about the boy. After the entire melodrama, I think I was in a position to scold her as well. She wasn’t supposed to bunk. I mean she could have attended school. Or just stayed home. After this she took my number and took my advice too, (Of going back home.)
I walked her home and told her that she was my new friend and I was proud of her. She surprised me with a big hug! While leaving, I said “Hakuna Matata!” She turned around, confused. “What does that mean?”
Hakuna Matata, It means no worries for the rest of your days!
No matter how big the problem is. There is always a solution. You just have to stay calm and look for it. Worrying would just make it worse. It will sadden you even more. It’ll start building a void.
Remember, its a problem free philosophy. Hakuna Matata.
Don’t worry, be happy. Stay blessed!