This is not an ordinary article, not a ranking, fan-art, or a quiz. This is my 50th post on Moviepilot, a great website with excellent people. A place where I can freely express myself, where I can share my ideas without the fear of not being recognized.
This post will be different from anything I have done before. I want to share a part of my story, my life story. This is how fantasy and sci-fi and even Moviepilot have changed my life, how art (books, films, painting,etc.) gives me a reason to keep going and being better in life. Let me take you on a fascinating journey, a trip through the yellow brick road.
My name is David Espinosa, I'm from Colombia, and my life is not exactly shiny. Since I was a little kid, I've had a lot of problems - I always fight with my family, I almost don't talk to them, something that I find somber but a thing that can't avoid or stop, even if I wish to do so. I'm not someone who has a lot of friends. I feel people don't trust me, and I find it difficult to believe in the others, because, in first place, I don't trust myself.
As hard at it sounds, I find it difficult to follow in life, and sometimes I don't want to keep on going. I feel lonely most of the time and I don't have someone that could talk to me about it. That's why I'm writing this in here, the people that "live" in Moviepilot are great people, who would support everyone. That's also why I search for fantasy, because I can live in a blue box for a while. I can dive into the pages of a book or the reigns of Atlantis, another universe where I can forget about the reality, where I can get into great adventures in 221B of Baker Street. But fantasy and sci-fi have also taught me great lessons, lessons for life. Allow me to be a little more precise.
Once Upon A Time
This show has helped me to grow a personal hero inside me, someone with persistence that stands against problems. Once Upon a Time has shown me that if you open a little bit more to the people around you, you'll find new things you didn't realize. Before, I didn't believe in second chances. I thought that if people get something wrong, they were never going to change.
This show taught me that people can change, there's no one ultimately evil and that there will always be at least a red spot in a black heart. You must give second chances to people, in this way they will show you who they are. But if they disappoint you or hurt you one that more time, they don't deserve you.
Not having a happy ending is painful enough, but giving someone unrealistic hopes is far worse.
I think superheroes inspire a lot of people. they tell us to do justice, to do the best you can. For me, superheroes are more than a figure of justice, they try to help others without expecting anyone to pay them back. No matter how damaged they can be, no matter how much they have suffered, you can always give your best. Having problems is not a reason for hurting others. You should worry about them suffering the same way you do.
They have taught me two things more. The first one is that anyone can be a hero, even with little action, because if we all do tiny but good things, this world will get better every day. The second one is never to quit, to fight for what you want and protect it - even if someone thinks its stupid.
A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a little boy's shoulder to let him know that the world hadn't ended.
There will always be dark, because light can't exist without dark. However, you can pass through those bad moments (with obvious difficulties) and return to the light; this is what Star Wars has taught me. Anakin became evil, he couldn't resist the wicked temptations in life, but Luke (who is technically and metaphorically a part of Anakin himself) beats this dark stage.
Bad moments will always come, but you have to confront them. But you can't make it alone, you will always need help, help from the people that trust in you (sadly, in my case, not my parents) especially from your friends. That's another important part of my life, the friends. I'm not a person with a lot of friends, but I trust the couple (of friends) I have, as they help me to get rid of the dark side.
In a dark place we find ourselves, and a little more knowledge lights our way
You don't just give up. You don't just let things happen. You make a stand! You say no! You have the guts to do what's right, even when everyone else just runs away.
Finally (and most importantly) is Doctor Who. The show is my favourite series ever, not just because the aliens and those fantastic adventures, but also for all the hard (but good) lessons it has taught me. I know there are more to come.I have learned to always be curious in life because there are always new things to discover and experience.
We have to leave some things behind, even if it's not our decision. Even if we lost someone, we have to continue - we need to use our pain to portray the ecstasy and joy and magnificence of our world. We should never be alone, we at least need to have one person. Finally, I've learned every person in the universe is important, no matter how much they have done, because they have a purpose. But you have got to give them confidence, so they'll believe they can continue.
Fear doesn't have to make you cruel or cowardly. Fear can make you kind