Anyone who grew up with Winnie the Pooh and friends probably learnt some really valuable life lessons like the usual wisdom any kid growing up should be guided towards. Like cherishing your friends, living in the moment, following your dreams and most importantly just being a real, authentic you!
But have you ever wondered what Winnie and friends are up to now? Considering that they have retired, and given up their on-screen philosophical teachings to the world. How are they coping in a technology driven, mass consumption, materialistic, fabricated world? Would the lessons they taught us be the same after facing the big bad world?
Lets take a modern day look at what Winnie the Pooh and friends are up to.
Winnie is struggling with a binge eating disorder, eating uncomfortable amounts of honey. Winnie struggles with his love/love relationship with honey, but now has extra pressure on him to still look good.
Anxious and afraid of the big bad world. Bombarded with the modern world's competitiveness and constant demand to be someone that they want you to be. Piglet’s fear and anxiety has worsened.
Christopher Robin's habit of talking to animals has landed him straight into the "loony bin" and now he only gets to talk to other crazy people.
Although now he is able to treat his depression with therapy and concoction of drugs, staying positive has become increasingly harder and therapy is expensive.
Tigger's optimistic outlook on life and ADHD tendencies has equipped him to seem like the most successful out of the lot. However under all that optimism lies a workaholic, whose successes have turned him into a narcissist. Preoccupied with himself and fueled by delusions of grandeur.
Despite the mix-bag of problems and challenges that modern society has brought them there is one thing that has remained constant amongst this legendary group and that is - friendship. In the end no matter what life throws at you, having a friend by your side is the only thing that really matters.
No matter how the world changes, the lessons that we did learn from Winnie the Pooh and friends remain. As Winnie would say -
“I’m not lost for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” - Winnie the Pooh.