Most people say that some of the people that have inspired me most in my life: Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, Dobby, The Doctor, Amelia Pond, Rory Williams, Maximum Ride, Zuko, Toph, Mal Reynolds, Katniss Everdeen, Buffy Summers, Angel, Sherlock, Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Winnie the Pooh, and countless others, do not exist as they are fictional characters.
My first thought is, “Oh you poor soul, you grew up.”
Soon after is, I protest. These “characters”, tangible or not, very much exist; not only to me, but also *in* me. These people made me cry very real tears, and feel very real emotions. They all have inspired me and helped to shape who I am today, and are still shaping me. I take it upon myself to always try to display Harry’s courage, strive after Hermione’s intelligence, to use Draco’s wit, to defy societies expectations of me like Dobby, to still see the wonder in the world and be a child, when appropriate, when I’m 900 years old like The Doctor, to be able to have complete faith like Amelia, to defend the people I love like Rory, to be myself and be proud of it like Max, to be able to admit I’m wrong and try to fix my wrongs like Zuko, to be able to fend for myself despite adversity like Toph, to never stop fighting for what I believe in like Mal, to have the strength to protect my family even when it means certain death like Katniss, to do what’s right even when it makes my life more difficult like Buffy, to be compassionate and loving despite my past like Angel, to find people that will be by my side despite my insanity like Sherlock, to be creative and artistic like Rapunzel, to realize that there are more important things than money like Flynn, and to never let anything upset me more than an “Oh bother” like Pooh.
These characters may be fictional to you, but to me they’re more than real. They’re my best friends, my teachers, and a part of me that I hope never dies. <3