Unless you have been living off the grid or relocated to another galaxy, you’ll have at least seen the hype surrounding the new Marvel film, Black Panther.
First off, let me say, that there are no spoilers in this article, other than the quotes obviously, but they do not give away any of the storyline.
Secondly, I’m not a Marvel guru, however, after watching the film, in my humble opinion, the hype is totally justified.
It does not disappoint.
And as a Black woman watching, it is more than just another entertaining Marvel film.
It is significant is so many ways.
Black Panther is empowering and inspiring; funny but also thought-provoking.
There are some powerful one-liners in the film that had me contemplating a number of things, long after I’d left the cinema.
Then I thought to myself, some of them would be great journal prompts that can be used to reflect upon and embody the hope and positive energy that you are left feeling after watching the film.
Hence me writing this.
I have included quotes from several characters and as the main character in the film is a man and a King, T’Challa, some of the quotes below are either said by him or to him.
However, for the purposes of your journal practice, simply change the relevant words accordingly i.e. son – daughter, King – Queen, man – woman.
10 Black Panther Quotes You Can Use as
“My son, it is your time.”
Right now feels like an important time to be alive.
Black Panther is monumental and it is inspiring many of us.
Too often we delay our dreams and goals because we don’t feel ready.
We think we’re not good enough, smart enough, experienced enough and the list of inadequacies we believe about ourselves goes on.
But the truth is, we have everything we need right now to at least take the first step.
Of course, planning and preparation are vital, but be honest with yourself about what you are waiting for.
- What have you been putting off until the “time is right”?
- Are you really planning or just procrastinating?
- What is it now time for you to do, be and create and what is the first step you need to take?
“Just because something works doesn’t mean it can’t be improved.”
Sometimes your comfort zone can become a trap that keeps you stagnant.
Therefore, it is beneficial, from time to time, to look at your life to see where you are complacent or too comfortable.
It is true that we have an epidemic of “busyness” in our society and I am not saying to improve an area of your life just for the sake of it, but if it will have a positive impact on your life, why wouldn’t you?
- Where in your life have you become complacent and what are you taking for granted?
- What areas of your life work, but need maintenance or improving?
- Where in your life do you lack energy or motivation?
“I would make a great queen because I am stubborn—if that’s what I wanted.”
We live in a society where certain traits, such as stubbornness are seen as negative when in fact, sometimes those same characteristics are exactly what makes a person who they are and good at what they do.
But of course, as with everything, balance is key.
- What trait(s) do you have that others may consider negative, but actually produce positive outcomes in your life (or could, if you embraced that part of your personality)?
- What characteristics are not producing positive results for you and need to be addressed?
- What would you be great at, if you wanted it – and truly believed you could have it?
“Would you kill me, my love?”
This is a question for you to ask yourself – and one that your mind, body and spirit are probably already asking you on a regular basis.
Excessive stress, guilt, poor diets, lack of exercise, negative self-talk, toxic relationships, worrying about the future and regretting the past are just some of the ways we’re slowly killing ourselves.
- In what ways are you slowly killing yourself or starving yourself of love?
- What do you need to add or remove to live a fulfilling, self-loving life?
- How will you make self-care part of your daily life?
“Can you believe that? A kid from Oakland walking around and believing in fairytales.”
Michael B Jordon’s character, Killmonger, grew up believing in a fairy-tale that turned out to be very real.
As kids, daydreaming and believing in fictional characters and faraway places is a default state and is even encouraged by adults.
Then, suddenly we reach an age where we’re abruptly and forcefully told to stop dreaming and “get real”.
But the dream doesn’t go away, we just stop believing that it could ever become a reality. And on the days we begin to dream again, there’s normally someone or something to remind us how ridiculous we’re being.
Also, remember that your dream doesn’t have to make you a single penny, gain 1 follower or get any likes for it to be valid. It’s about what that dream means to you.
- What dream have you dismissed or given up on?
- Is there still part of you that wants it or believes it could become a reality?
- If so, what one thing could you do today to start making that dream come true?
How often do you prepare yourself for something important, practice all the scenarios in your head and then when it comes to the crucial time, freeze?
And I don’t mean giving a presentation or speech. I mean doing something important for you.
You know, starting that fitness regime, signing up for that course you’ve been putting off for the past 5 years or booking that trip of a lifetime.
Many of us repeat that old adage “life’s too short” yet live as though we’ve discovered the elixir for eternal youth.
But the truth is that too often we don’t do what we say will, even if it’s important to us because we’re scared and fear makes us freeze.
- What are you scared of?
- In what areas of your life is fear holding you back?
- What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
“Show him who you are.”
We live in a society that likes labels and putting people in boxes. This can cause people to suppress their authentic selves in order to be liked and accepted.
Often, we apologetically dilute our personalities and for many of us, code-switching is an everyday reality.
Due to stereotypes, prejudices and assumptions, showing the world who we truly are can be dangerous, have negative effects on our career and finances and sometimes even cost us our lives.
So it’s no wonder many of us play down our greatness.
- Where in your life are playing small and what is it costing you?
- How can you start showing up more authentically in your life?
- What scares you about showing the world who you truly are?
“You’re a good man, with a good heart — and it’s hard for a good man to be king.”
And, if you spend a lot of your time absorbing the media, this point of view can be emphasised, making it difficult to maintain a positive, optimistic outlook on life.
Thankfully, however, there are many examples of good people all around us making a positive difference in the lives of others and maintaining some degree of balance in this crazy world.
Follow, encourage, support, interact and connect with these people as much as possible.
- What is your view of life and how does this influence the way you live your life?
- How do the people you interact with on a regular basis influence your outlook on life?
- How do you feel about being a good person in the world?
“You get to decide what kind of king you are going to be.”
It’s a choice.
Yes, it is true that your life experiences have an influence on who you’ve been and how you behave, but you have the power to transform yourself and as many times as you need to.
- What kind of person are you?
- What kind of person do you want to be?
- What changes, if any, do you need to make to ensure you are authentically being the kind of person you want to be?
“Nah, just bury me in the ocean with my ancestors that jumped from the ships. Because they knew death was better than bondage.”
This quote, for many, was the most powerful line of the entire film.
It is, of course, a reference to slavery and the African people who chose death over a life of enslavement and torture.
Living a life that is not your own, that you have no say over and without freedom is a life in bondage and though we are no longer slaves, many people sub-consciously relinquish the freedom they have in their daily lives.
- In what areas of your life do you feel stuck or helpless with little or no choice or control?
- What does freedom look and feel like to you?
- How can you create more freedom in your life?
There is no specific way of working through the journal prompts and questions.
You may choose to answer all of the questions in one sitting, pick one or two that particularly resonate with you or you could answer one question each day for a month (there are 30 questions).
Simply reading the quotes may trigger thoughts and emotions. You can of course just free write what comes up for you.
Remember journaling is a personal practice to use in a way that works best for you.
So trust yourself, you know what you need.
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