Let me preface this post by saying I CANNOT BELIEVE I WENT OVER 12 YEARS WITHOUT SEEING AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER.I just finished watching the whole series, and it’s changed my life. Honestly, it might take some time for me to forgive my middle-school self. The irony is that I didn’t even want to watch it. My boyfriend, Tre, was a fan of the show when it was originally on air, and, in what (I assume to be) was a bout of nostalgia, he downloaded it. He was persistent in insisting that I watch it too. And I was persistent in kindly declining.
But then…he gifted me the whole show via iTunes. And now, I’m here.
I know it sounds overly dramatic to say it was life changing. But this show really warrants it. It’s like no matter how old you are, or where you’re at in life, it speaks to you. It’s filled with undertones of inspiration and guidance, and it’s brimming with wisdom. I don’t know that I would have truly recognized the depth of the show if I had watched it when I was a little preteen.
Oh, but what kind of wisdom, you ask?
Just read these next few quotes from the show and tell me you don’t feel all kinds of inspired to do better and be better.
“Anyone’s capable of great good and great evil. Everyone, even the Firelord and the Fire Nation, have to be treated like their worth giving a chance.” -Aang
“It’s easy to do nothing, it’s hard to forgive.” -Aang
“Pride is not the opposite of shame, but its source. True humility is the only antidote to shame” -Uncle Iroh
“As long as I’m confident with who I am, it doesn’t matter what other people think.” -Smellerbee
“Sometimes life is like this tunnel. You can’t always see the light at the end of the tunnel, but if you keep moving, you will come to a better place.” -Uncle Iroh
“Life happens wherever you are are, whether you make it or not.” -Uncle Iroh
“The greatest illusion of this world is the illusion of separation. Things you think are separate and different are actually one and the same. We are all one people, but we live as if divided.” -Guru Pathik
“It is important to draw wisdom from different places. If you take it from only one place it become rigid and stale.” -Uncle Iroh
“Some friendships are so strong, they can even transcend lifetimes.” -Roku
“Protection and power are overrated. I think you are very wise to choose happiness and love.” -Uncle Iroh
Those aren’t even the best of the best- they’re just what I can easily remember & look up at the moment. The knowledge that these characters spew is impressive and astonishing. Even after reading just those quotes, I dare you to try to tell me this was a show just for kids!! No way.
If you notice, most of the quotes I have up there are from Uncle Iroh. That’s because Uncle Iroh is a walking, living, cartoon GEM, full of life-altering wisdom. Actually, any “old guy” on this show who talks (especially previous Avatar Reincarnations) are full of knowledge and sagacity that they are more than willing to share.
I’m looking forward to watching this series again (after a good break, because it was a serious binge). I feel like it’s a show that you can rewatch and still learn new things from. If it taught me things the first time I watched it, while I was new and solely invested in the storyline, I can only imagine what I will absorb when I watch it again and pay special attention to everything else encompassing it.
So all in all, I learned a few things. First and foremost, I am most definitely a member of the Air Nomads (with a dash of Water Tribe). I put a lot of thought into this and carefully analyzed the attributes of each nation, so I can say this confidently (lolz). Second, Aang (my fellow Airbender) managed to embed the hopeful message that all people are capable of both good and evil, so everyone deserves a chance. Third, it stresses the importance that life happens no matter what, and that we shouldn’t succumb to the destinies that others try to impose on you. You have to find your true self, and your own destiny.
Oh! I didn’t even mention the wit and humor that the writers intricately weave throughout the show. The light banter brings the perfect balance to the profundity of the show. For real, it had me giggling out loud. And even better, the show makes sure to depict animals in an honorable light. They aren’t just respected companions, they’re authentic, enlightened souls who possess much more knowledge than humans give them credit for. I could go so much deeper into just that aspect of the show, but I won’t. Maybe I’ll save that one for another entry on another day…
If this was too long for you to read, and you just scrolled down here, this is all you need to know:
Avatar: The Last Airbender 10/10. Very Wise. Funny. Must watch. Go! Go! Go!