Letters by Miji: Challenge the Status Quo
I enjoyed watching the newly released Mulan movie. I will admit I enjoyed it better than the first animation (I don’t know why there was a lot of negative feedback about it but there you go… a major life lesson – you can’t please everyone no matter how hard you try).
Unlike the animation, this new movie doesn’t have the red dragon, in the form of Eddie Murphy, entertaining us with his comical comments and silliness. Instead it has the phoenix. The metaphor of the phoenix is always a powerful one. But that isn’t what makes this movie special for me.
It’s the realness to watching a young woman take great risk against everything she has been taught, and all she ever believed in and experienced to forge a new path for herself when none existed and create a spot within a space where she would never belong. The story is set against a time when she and her entire family would have been disgraced and treated worse than lepers if her fraud/identity theft was discovered.
Somehow, that possibility was not enough to kill her personal convictions. The courage that Mulan demonstrates is commendable. The warrior within her needed to be freed. Her father would later say that it was always there and he didn’t see it. The emperor would later invite her to take her place among honoured warriors – a position that would never be hers.
The lesson in this charming story, for me, is clear. What is within you that you are suppressing because it does not fit in with the rest of the world? What convictions do you carry that you have silenced because they said ‘No’ or ‘it won’t work’? Like Mulan, it’s time for you to rise up, fight against every noise and injustice for what you believe in, and take your place.
Do you not know that no one else can be you?
Do not be afraid to challenge the status quo. Be loyal to the ideals that form your truth. Be brave in the face of naysayers. Be true to whom you were made to become. It is time.