It’s finally time for another Life Lessons in Fiction! The last time I did one of these, which was a while back (almost an entire year ago :0), it was The World Ends With You. This time I decided to turn to Kingdom Hearts, particularly, 358/2 Days. Kingdom Hearts has a plethora of lessons, so just doing it on the entire series would be A LOT. It’s a good thing I’m doing these every month then, right? This post has been a long time coming, so let’s get started! (MAJOR Spoiler Warnings!)
1. You Are You; No One Else!
Roxas’ line – “I am me! No one else!” – is still quite popular after all these years. As a Nobody, Roxas is always being compared to his Somebody, Sora. He began to get fed up with being told he wasn’t his own person, and was never really given the opportunity to be himself. Fortunately after KH3, he is able to be the person he was meant to be!
And you should, too.
Everyone is unique. We all have our different hobbies, likes, dislikes, and talents. We should never spend out life trying to be like someone else, or trying to live up to the expectations of others. Living this way will only make us miserable. I am still trying to teach myself to be my own person and not hide who I am from those around me. Sometimes it’s hard because I really desire for people to like me, so I hide the parts of myself that embarrass me. And you know what? That makes me unhappy.
So be yourself!
2. Know Your Worth
While Roxas was being compared to his Somebody, Xion was being told she wasn’t supposed to exist at all. She was treated like trash throughout the entire game until she decided it would be best if she really didn’t exist. Her death at the end of the game is notoriously one of the most heartbreaking moments in the series.
Maybe you’ve been told you shouldn’t have ever existed, too. Maybe you’ve been made to feel worthless. But this is NOT the truth! No matter what you’ve been told, you are worth more than you can imagine (Jesus even died for you!). You need to surround yourself with people who treat you like you should be treated.
Stay humble, but know your worth!
3. Sometimes Relationships Grow Apart
Saix is way up there on my list of favorite characters, and it’s because I can relate to him. He ended up drifting apart from his childhood best friend, Axel. Then, he got to watch as Axel became close friends with Roxas and Xion. Saix and Axel have somewhat of a painful past, which had a hand in driving them apart, but it was clear Saix still wanted to be friends with Axel.
While Saix and Axel do end up becoming friends again (only as Isa and Lea), sometimes relationships can drift apart for good- and that’s okay. Different people come into our lives at different times. It’s a part of all of our lives. Maybe one day we will get those friendships back, but if not, it is up to us whether we move forward or not. We can either continue to grieve what was lost, or we can push forward and find new friendships.
4. True Friends Stick Together Through Hardship
When Xion and Roxas were going through crap, Axel was there for them. He didn’t run away at the first sign of trouble. In fact, when the two of them pushed Axel away, he went after them.
Maybe you had someone in your life who you thought was your friend, but when you needed them most, they were nowhere to be found. This is not what true friendship looks like. A true friend will stick by your side no matter what, just like Axel. And you should be like that, too.
Of course, like I said above, sometimes even true friendships may drift apart. But the friends who desert you in hard times are not the people you want to surround yourself with.
What are your thoughts on this? Did you get any other lessons from 358/2 Days? Let me know in the comments below! And as always, God bless y’all and have a wonderful week!
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