As Timon and Pumba so picturesquely sang to Simba frolicking through the forest and savanna, explaining to the toddler prince of animals that “It means no worries for the rest of your days, it’s our problem-free philosophy”.
The delightful sidekicks of this deeply archetypical cartoon are quite right. Hakuna matata is an actual phrase deriving from Svahili from the part of East Africa and it really means “no troubles” or “no worries”. And as the meerkat, the hog and the lion cub sang away their day, grabbing the hearts of the world with their big screen appeal, hakuna matata is a valid philosophy to live by because it entails a note of self-compassion as well, meaning not to only stop constantly worrying about the world but about our own states, emotions, and sensations. All of these things are transient and don’t define the wholeness of you and should be accepted, embraced and felt in full before they are released to oblivion, before a lesson is extracted from them or before they subside spontaneously or by your own device. Whatever arises as an original feeling or sensation, even if seemingly negative, is far less toxic in this primary reactionary mode. It is pure and still not laced and pumped full of meanings and emotional burdens we cover it with when we try to suppress and rationalize. Things will happen, events will come to pass, and there will be pain, sorrow, degeneration, destruction and deep shifts of perspective. There will be bad days, unfairness, blame, resentment and anger, but there will be a lot of their counterparts as well. Things are not as they are but seem to us as we are. Problems will appear but they are solutions masked in worry, panic, anxiety and stress. Once you stop worrying about all of the scenarios something could go wrong, once you welcome a problem (not desire it or search for it intentionally, but if it arises) than you switch from whining and victim mode into solution mode, from destruction and obstruction into creation and freedom.
Even the best things can go wrong, but they can go right as well and you won’t know the outcome until you come to the end of the path. To come to the end you actually need to start and persist. So what happens happens. Some things will be under your control, some won’t and the line will often be blurry. Never the less, the pig and meerkat were right: Hakuna matata friend, and you’re equipped for life for the rest of your days, able to handle any curve ball that swirls your way. Do your best and work so that the next time “Your best” is better. That will do.