Isn’t that always the question?
Basically, I am absolutely in love with the Legend of Zelda. It’s pretty simply. It inspires me daily.
Unfortunately, I live with pretty crippling self doubt and depression. Every day is a struggle to crawl out of my bed and face the day. I do work, I have a very difficult time, however, going to work, and making it through some of even the most basic days is something I struggle with.
Why have I decided to Become Hylian, and what does that even mean?
I’ve found that the three overall themes of the Legend of Zelda speak to me. Courage, Wisdom, Power.
I lack these three things in my life at the moment. I am a coward. I am Ravio levels of cowardly. I am not particularly Wise, I act impulsively and emotionally. My cowardice makes me weak; physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
BUT! The other day, I was at work, having just had a difficult situation land in my lap, and basically wanted to shut down. I picked up my pen, grabbed my notebook, and wrote:
Courage is doing what needs to be done – even though you’re afraid.
This was powerful for me! This was a strength that I hadn’t encountered before. I admit, I had to take a few minutes, and an anxiety pill, but, every so often, when I felt that overwhelming urge to hide again, I would reach over and touch those words.
And it helped.
Becoming Hylian, for me, is about improving my everything, learning and understanding what Wisdom, Power and Courage really mean for someone like me, who’s always had a problem understanding these virtues, much less living them.
For me, the Legend of Zelda, the stories that it tells, are inspiring. Even if it’s something as small as being able to take that deep breath after having something frightening happen to you, and sit up and be able to do the work that needs to be done.
This is a part of it. There are also the more fun parts of Becoming Hylian. Changing my living space to reflect a Hylian-style home. The furniture and interior decorating that we would see in The Legend of Zelda (Particularly Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword in my case), dressing in a more Hylian appropriate way, building Hylian related crafts, and learning Hylian related skills, cooking Hylian related foods…
Am I little Legend of Zelda obsessed? Yes. This is, after all, the only franchise I have carved into my skin (I have a Triforce tattoo). How far am I going to take this? Well, for those of you who know me (I doubt anyone reading this does…) all the way. I would like to make it so that coming home isn’t just coming home, it’s stepping into a little piece of Hyrule.