Recently, I have been thinking about what things that have inspired me to be who I am today. The things that inspired and helped shape my thoughts and beliefs have kept me grounded for years, though at times I have lost my way every now and then but I find my way back.
I can find myself drifting off into a fantasy world that I created or the world of my favorite movie, show, or book. Sometimes i wish that I could just wake up in those worlds and live a different life.
Just in the past three years or so, I have found myself wanted to pursue a change in myself and be the person, I am on the inside, on the outside. I took a look back on the things that have made the largest impact on who I am and to solidify that who I want to be, regardless of what others may see or want.
Anime has been a huge impact and inspiration since I was a child. I did not even know that what I was watching was even anime until much later, but I knew that I loved it. Shows like Dragonball Z, Rurouni Kenshin, Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, Inuyasha, Wolf’s Rain, and so much more, introduced me to anime and the incredible stories that they could share.
Some in particular over the years have had a larger impact like Air Gear, which showed me the freedom of the world and that whatever you want to do or whoever you want to be, seek freedom and express it.
Another anime is Full Metal Alchemist, which more inspired me to accept things that are and that everything will happen for a particular reason with the idea of equivalent exchange. Equivalent exchange reminded me of the idea of Karma, that if you do bad things then bad things will happen in return to you, and if if good things happen then good things will happen to you. It’s a type of balance that exists in the world.
And of course one the biggest anime inspirations is Dragonball Z. It showed me to never give up with what you believe in and taught me that my destructive anger was keeping me from letting go.
Some books have influenced my personality and my ideals, like Lord of the Rings, by JRR Tolkien, and Anthem, by Ayn Rand.
Lord of the Rings created my love for fantasy and the desire to write fantasy. JRR Tolkien is the biggest inspiration in my writing. As a child, I used to role play as Aragorn from the books and movies. The world of the elves, dwarves, wizards, and orcs has captivated me to this day.
Anthem was a book that I read in college and it amazed me by how much I enjoyed it. It’s a short book but very poignant in its delivery of a story. The story centers around a small society in a dystopian world. Technology and Science education was forgotten and neglected so that the people in power can control those beneath them. The people have no names but numbers, and every part of their lives are controlled.
Outside of movies, shows, and books, the study of many Martial Arts has influenced my ideals. Instead of the physical side of the martial arts, I studied a lot of the philosophies and ideals of the martial arts and their practicalities in life.
From the balance of physical and mental training, your spirit will strengthen too. Studying the mental side of martial arts lead me to meditation. This meditation helps me to lower my stress, lower my anxiety, and allow me to think things through calmly.
My ideals are not perfect and not unwavering but as long as I remember what inspires me ad who I want to be, I will keep moving forward.
When you know exactly who you are, you put zero weight into anyone’s opinions.Gary Vaynerchuk
So, what inspires you?
Thanks for reading.