Here is a collection of lessons I’ve learned from watching the Kung Fu Panda series. I have written this with the assumption that you have all seen the movies. If you haven’t, go get them (for free from your local library)!
1. Everyone has dreams.
Some people try to live them out, and some people don’t. Regardless, everyone has them. This is important to consider before judging another person or their current occupation. We are not defined by our jobs. Oftentimes, a person’s dreams and aspirations do not translate directly to a (modern) career. Sometimes they do. Po’s goose dad had a dream of making tofu once, but he never pursued it. He was held back by his fear of what other people would think of him. We are our own worst enemies. However, he is still cooking and using tofu, so he’s not too far from living his dream!
The holidays are coming up and for many that means spending time with your family. As many of you know this year was a more difficult year for mine. In most ways it brought us closer together and we gained more strength and appreciation for eachother. There’s a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
My family and friends were not the only ones supporting me and keeping me strong. I have a few other families that helped me out. They brought me comfort, joy, emotional support, and always reminded me to appreciate my real family-- I am so thankful for them.
It’s go time everyone. We are finally in one of the best and most festive times of year.
I absolutely love this time of year. I have a huge extended family (5 sets of aunts and uncles, each with 2-6 kids and now those kids having their own kids… you get the picture) and we would always, ALWAYS gather for thanksgiving and Christmas at my grandparents’ house. It was complete chaos and it was amazing. As all of the grandchildren and great grandchildren have started to grow up, there have been less and less around the table each year, myself included. This was mostly due to family moving away and needing to split time with significant others. I was lucky enough to be able to go home for Thanksgiving and Christmas during college in Rochester due to the hefty amounts of time given in between quarters and the proximity to my parents’ home (about a 4 hour drive which was incredibly manageable).
If you’re an American female who has had access to cable television and/or Netflix over the last 16 years, and believes that strong, confident women can also have soulmates, there’s a good chance this November 25th is not just any other Black Friday. In fact, it’s a sacred holiday you’ve used one of your few PTO days on. Forget any Thanksgiving holiday plans you had. Tell Grandma she’s going to have to wait until Christmas to get that quality time with you, because you’ve got to hop in your Netflix car and make a mandatory day trip back to Stars Hollow.