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Sep 24, 2015

3 Powerful Life Lessons From Shingeki No Kyojin

Powerful Life Lessons from Attack on Titan)

"Seid ihr das Essen? Nein, wir sind der Jaeger!" which means, "Are you the food? No, we are the hunter!" — is the first line of Shingeki No Kyojin's OST, Guren No Yumiya by J-Rock band, Linked Horizon. And my favorite anime so far is Shingeki No Kyojin (Attack on Titan — and yes, I'm fully aware that the english translation for the title isn't grammatical, but who cares?).

The story of Attack on Titan is about the last of mankind living inside walls 50-meters high as defense against giant humanoid creatures called, Titans. Thankfully, this isn't the reality we live in, where enormous beasts devour humans for no reason. Aside from blood and gore, there are also . . .

Powerful Life Lessons From Shingeki No Kyojin (Attack on Titan)

#1: Don't let the circumstances of your life hold you back.

We put up walls to protect ourselves. Maybe because of a painful past, or maybe because we are afraid to see what's on the other side. Let's face it, most of us fear what we don't understand, and that's why we can't step out of our comfort zone. Nobody can live within walls forever (as far as I know) because as humans, we are curious and we have big dreams. Are we just gonna let a stupid wall hold us back?

Nothing is permanent in this life. And its up to us if we want to stay safe inside a box made of reinforced concrete and just wait, or actually go out there and learn how to fight for the life we want to have.

Attack on Titan wall

People are crazy for believing that these walls will protect us forever. Even though the walls have been intact for the past 100 years, there’s nothing that can guarantee they won’t be broken down today.
— Armin Arelet

#2: When you take huge risks, be prepared to lose everything.

At some point in our lives, we have to make very hard decisions. There will be times that everybody else will encourage us to take the risk even if it would mean that we'd have to skip meals, or pawn our valuables, just to sustain our passion (because we all know that some passions don't pay the bills right away).

Sometimes, we're not even aware that we're already being reckless and irresponsible out of desperation or maybe because we're in that very dark place, feeling hopeless. If you're someone like me, who's failed so hard in the past, then you'd be more cautious. Overcoming fear doesn't mean that you have to take that risk and lose everything — that's called stupidity.

The secret to overcoming our greatest fears is to know ourselves, our limitations, weaknesses and as well as our strengths. Know this — not everything we do is always a matter of life and death. But a matter of failure and success. However, failure, more often than not, feels like being shattered into a zillion pieces, that's why acknowledging our fear is very important, so that when we jump over a wall full of Titans, we'll know how to protect ourselves. And when we stumble, we can pick ourselves up before the Titans eat us alive, and have the courage to try again, and again, until we succeed.

Admitting to ourselves that we are afraid to do something, or feeling scarce at something is not weakness, but an opportunity to hone our skills, create a safety net, discover new abilities, or grow into a Titan. #spoileralert

Titan Eren

If you win, you live. If you lose, you die. If you don’t fight, you can’t win!
— Eren Jaeger

#3: We don't live in a perfect world, but it's still very beautiful.

Human nature is a beautiful thing. And I don't understand why some of us are still trying to eradicate some of our vital human functions such as, expressing ourselves. Take this blog post as an example. Notice how I'm trying to express myself as creatively as possible so that you'll have no f*cking idea of what's exactly going on in my life. #passiveaggressivemuch

Everybody has their own fair share of fear and insecurity. Some of us just don't feel like adding to the pile. My point is, life is not always rainbows and butterflies. Even if some people only share the best events in their lives (with friends or in social media), it doesn't mean that they don't have problems. They simply don't wanna look weak coz they don't wanna spread fear with others. There are so many things in life that are better worth sharing, so why bother sharing the negatives?

This world is merciless, and it’s also very beautiful

This world is merciless, and it’s also very beautiful.
— Mikasa Ackerman

And that's enough procrastination for now. Truth is, I'm watching the series while typing this post. Hehe. I kinda feel depressed coz of my PMS. Watching Attack on Titan gives me the adrenaline I need to feel better again. Anyhoo . . .

Which of the 3 quotes from Attack on Titan did you like the most?

Mine's #2. How about you? Have you watched the tv series yet? What do you think? Let me know in the comments!

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