She needed a hero, so that’s what she became

(Note: I wrote this post after watching the third and latest episode, so far, of Akagami no Shirayuki. I really love how they didn’t portray her as just another damsel in distress, rather as someone who can achieve and travel the path she had chosen for herself with her own strength. Though she’s a close friend of the Prince’s, it doesn’t define her and she wouldn’t want it to define her anyway.)

As human beings, we have our own strengths and weaknesses. We can feel all kinds of emotions like happiness and sadness, priceless joy and utter depression. We commit mistakes, even repeat them a few times because that’s how we are, we can be really stubborn at times. We make promises, we break promises, we expect things, we become disappointed. We live, then after a while, we die. That’s how life is, really- Unfair.

That’s why I really admire people who, despite all the circumstances, have the courage and strength to face life head on. In story terms, I admire those characters who have the guts to stand up for themselves, to stop depending on others to save them, and become a hero themselves.

Sure, everyone has problems and sometimes feel like they’re at their limit, that they can no longer go on. At those times, anyone would need the support of others, right? But, all the others can do is to support you to the best of their abilities. It’s still up to you to support yourself and to be a better, stronger person next time. Those people have their own struggles and they won’t always be there to save you.The only one who can really save you is yourself.

Wouldn’t it be truly amazing to be your own hero? It would mean accepting yourself, flaws and everything, having the courage to face your fears because there are other things that are more important, having the strength to face life’s challenges and to accept the possible criticisms that others throw at you, and realizing that the greatest armor in battle is love and wisdom.

I know that this is better written than done, but I believe that anyone could be their own hero with the right amount of determination and perseverance. It’s definitely alright to commit mistakes and break down, at times, but make sure that after that, you come out as a better person. Stop being the damsel in distress and be the great and mighty hero.



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