It’s Tuesday! Let’s talk.
It’s been a long year, hasn’t it? We’re all still trying to get used to a new normal, so I thought I’d talk about something light, so cartoons it is. I grew up watching a lot of cartoons with some of my favorites being Tom and Jerry, Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack, and Avatar the Last Airbender. Now that I'm older and have had time to re-watch these classics I’ve noticed that a lot of jokes and lessons went right over my head while I was watching as a kid. Learning something positive from cartoons seems far fetched, but it isn’t. You just have to keep your mind and your ears open to receive. Recently, I was re-watching Samurai Jack the other day and came across an episode where the main character, Jack, had to fight the physical manifestation of his bad energy. Imagine fighting someone who knows all of your strengths, all of your weaknesses. Unsurprisingly, Jack had trouble fighting and his battle with himself nearly destroyed the environment around him. Once Jack realized this, he understood that the only way to win the battle against his inner demon was to let go of his anger. Once he took control of his emotions, the battle was over and Jack was able to move on with his life.
From this episode, Jack teaches us that we have to let go of the anger and negativity that we hold inside of us because unchecked it will grow and not only harm us, but harm those close to us. Deal with your anger. Change your negative thinking. It’s the only way to truly move on.
What was your favorite cartoon growing up? When re-watching as an adult, did you notice some nuggets of wisdom hidden between the bright colors, witty punchlines, and larger than life personalities? Let me know in the comments below.