One of my favorite movies is Kung Fu Panda. I’m watching it right now as I write this. I love the movie because there are so many life lessons in the movie.
The movie opens with Po (a panda) having a dream. He is dreaming about being a kung fu warrior. He loves kung fu. This first scene is inspiring to me because I have dreams too.
Po is working at a noodle shop with his father, Mr. Ping ( a goose). His father expects him to take over the noodle shop. When his father was young, he had wanted to work with tofu but decided to follow his father into the noodle business. His father states that if was just a stupid dream that he had. The specialty at the shop is a secret ingredient soup. His father hasn’t told him the secret ingredient yet.
Meanwhile, Master Oogway (a turtle), has a vision that Tai Lung ( a snow leopard) is going to escape from prison and try to take the dragon scroll. The dragon scroll is said to contain magical powers and whoever looks at it will become the greatest kung fu warrior of all time. Tai Lung is evil and wants to take the scroll for himself. Master Shifu raised Tai Lung as his son. Master Oogway calls to his friend, Master Shifu ( a red panda), to tell him of his vision. After telling Shifu his vision, Shifu calls for his assistant, Zeng (a goose) to go to the prison and tell them to double their guards so tai lung won’t escape.
Master Oogway states that, “one often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it”.
That line always makes me laugh because it reminds me of myself. After I graduated from RN school, I wanted to be a labor and delivery nurse. I had seen in my dreams that I was going to be working on a med/surg/telemetry floor. I didn’t want to work there. I spent a whole year just applying to labor and delivery floors and getting no interviews. I finally started to apply to other jobs. I applied to med/surg floors and other specialty floors. I got six interviews. One was to a new graduate position on a med/surg floor. The other interviews were to a med/surg/telemetry floor. Can you guess which floor I ended up on? I ended up on a med/surg/telemetry floor, just like I had seen in my dreams. I was trying so hard to avoid it.
When Zeng reaches the prison, he is shown that Tai Lung can’t escape. Tai Lung ends up escaping because one of Zeng’s feathers drops near him. If Master Shifu had not sent him to the prison then Tai Lung wouldn’t have been able to escape. Master Oogway’s vision comes true because Master Shifu was trying to get the prison to double their guards so Tai Lung wouldn’t escape.
That day while Po is working, a poster is put up that Master Oogway is going to be choosing the dragon warrior. Po excitedly tells every one to go to the Jade Palace to learn who the dragon warrior is. Po unfortunately doesn’t make it in time to make it into the palace. He tries multiple times to get into the palace. He doesn’t give up because he wants to see which student is going to be chosen. Po looks up to the Furious Five. The furious five include Master Tigress, Mantis, Monkey, Crane, and Viper. Po ends up tying fireworks to a chair to get into the palace. His father comes and asks what he is doing. He finally breaks down and tells his dad that he loves kung fu. Po ends up being blasted into the sky and falls in front of Master Oogway. Master Tigress thinks that Master Oogway was about to choose her to be the dragon warrior. Master Shifu and the furious five are disappointed but Master Oogway’s decision is made.
While Tai Lung is escaping from prison, Master Shifu is trying to teach kung fu to Po. Master Shifu tries to teach Po just like he taught the Furious Five. Po fails miserably the first day. Master Shifu makes a plan to get rid of Po. He doesn’t believe that Po is or can be the dragon warrior. He tells Master Oogway that is was an accident that Po fell out of the sky and fell right in front of Master Oogway. Master Oogway states that there are no accidents.
That line also teaches me that there are no accidents in my life. When I look back, I can see that every thing was orchestrated by the Universe/God. I was meant to be a nurse just like my dreams showed me. I made it through RN school with help from the Universe/God. In my dreams I saw myself doing yoga, hiking, and being happy with myself. I am now doing yoga, hiking, and I’m happy with myself. I am now the woman that I saw in my dreams. That is no accident or coincidence.
After Po fails the first day of training, Master Shifu is upset. He doesn’t believe that Po is meant to be the dragon warrior. The furious five don’t believe that he is going to be the dragon warrior either.
Po goes to find something to eat. Master Oogway finds him and has a talk with him. Po starts to compare himself to the furious five. Po wants to quit because he isn’t any good at kung fu. Master Oogway tells Po that he is too concerned about what was and what could be. Master Oogway then say, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present”.
This line is something that I have struggled with and still continue to struggle with at times. I know parts of the future but I don’t know when the dreams are going to come true. I would love to know when they are going to come true but the Universe/God doesn’t want me to know. I also used to compare myself to other people. I’ve learned to stop doing that because success looks different for every person. There is enough success for every one. I also used to compare myself to my future husband’s exes. I’m not like his exes but that may be a good thing. I just need to be the best me that I can be.
The next day, Po wakes up early to try to train and learn kung fu. The second day of training is no better than the first day. Po doesn’t quit because he loves kung fu and wants to learn.
Master Shifu is frustrated that Po hasn’t quit yet. When Master Shifu learns that Tai Lung has escaped he goes to find Master Oogway to tell him. Master Oogway isn’t scared because he believes that Po will stop Tai Lung. Master Oogway states, “the panda will never fulfill his destiny nor you yours until you let go of this illusion of control”.
I remember that my life coach has said this to me. There are some things that you can control but some things you can’t control.
Master Oogway tells Master Shifu that he just needs to believe that Po is the dragon warrior. Master Shifu promises to believe.
Po gets scared of his destiny because he hasn’t caught on to kung fu. He starts to doubt that he will ever become good. He doesn’t want to face Tai Lung in a battle. He tries to run away but is stopped by Master Shifu. Po states that he stayed before because he believed that Master Shifu could turn him into the dragon warrior. Po stated that it hurt every day of his life just being himself and he stayed so that Master Shifu could make him not be himself. Po understood that he needed help to become the dragon warrior. The furious five go off and try to fight Tai Lung.
This part of the movie, encourages me. I used to be afraid to ask for help when I needed it. I almost failed a class because I didn’t want to get a tutor because I felt that I should be able to get through it on my own. When I got a tutor I passed the class. Its a sign of your own strength when you can ask for help from other people. I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for the help of other people. My family has helped me, my friends have helped me, and my life coach has helped me to become the woman that I am today. My life coach helped me to become a better version of myself. That is what life coaching is.
The next day, Po is upset and goes to find some thing to eat in the kitchen. Po eats when he is upset. ( I used to do the same thing). Master Shifu hears some one training and goes to find out who it is. He finds Po in the kitchen doing kung fu moves to get to the food. Po has broken the wooden doors with his fist and also does a split to get to some cookies. Po states that it is just an accident that he did a split to get to the cookies. Master Shifu smiles and takes Po up to a mountain to train him. Master Shifu realizes that he can’t train Po like he trained the furious five. He teaches Po kung fu through food. Po ends up learning kung fu.
The furious five fight Tai Lung and end up being defeated. Crane flies them back to the jade palace. Master Shifu decides that it is time for Po to get the dragon scroll so that he can get the power necessary to defeat Tai Lung. The dragon scroll turns out to be a blank scroll. Po doesn’t receive any special powers. Master Shifu decides that he will fight Tai Lung and tells the furious five and Po to evacuate the village. Po goes back to his father’s noodle shop. Mr. Ping finally tells Po the secret ingredient to his secret soup. His father tells him that the secret is nothing. Mr. Ping states, “to make some thing special you just have to believe that it is special”. Po then realizes what the dragon scroll is saying. He is the dragon warrior because he believes that he is the dragon warrior. There is no secret ingredient or powers. Po then goes back to the jade palace to confront Tai Lung.
In the fight with Tai Lung, Po uses the lessons that he has learned to defeat Tai Lung. He uses what other people told him were his weaknesses. He uses his fat, his love of food, his ability to learn, and of course kung fu. For most of the movie, other people have called Po a big fat panda. Even Tai Lung says that he can’t be defeated by Po because he is just a big fat panda. Po states that he can because he is “The Big Fat Panda”. When Tai Lung get and looks at the dragon scroll he thinks that he is going to get great power. He states the it is nothing because it is blank. Po tells him that here is no secret ingredient, it is just you. Master Oogway made a great choice in choosing Po for the dragon warrior. Po is believed to be the last panda. Po is able to withstand some of Tai Lung’s attacks because he is a panda.
This last part encourages me. I’ve learned to use what other people consider my weaknesses to my advantage. I used to be told that I was too nice, I smiled too much, and that I was weird. My compassion and empathy has made me a great nurse. I have been told my many people that I have a beautiful smile. I love to smile and I will share it.
I used to be afraid of some of my dreams. I thought to myself that I’m not right for the job that the Universe/God has for me. This movie helps me to realize that there are no accidents and the Universe/God chose me. I’m just right for my dreams because I was chosen.
If you’re ever afraid of your dreams just remember that the Universe/God doesn’t choose wrong. You have those dreams for a reason. You can also turn what other people perceive as your weaknesses into your strength.
Every time I need to remind myself of these lessons I just watch Kung Fu Panda.