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5 Things Fictional Characters Have Taught Me about Life

Why do we read fiction? Maybe it is to escape from reality, to experience a story different from us or just to spend a good time. But fiction is more than that. They say that fiction is a reflection of reality itself. And they teach us about life in the manner of stories.

Here are 5 things that fictional characters have taught me:

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K Rowling

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

One of the most unforgettable lessons ever. I was very young when I first read the book. My young mind could not capture the depth of it.

As a grown-up, in a continuously changing environment, where mental health is continuously deteriorating, I finally understand the importance of searching for happiness in the darkest of times.

“Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win.”

Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

American actor Gregory Peck (1916 – 2003) stars as lawyer Atticus Finch in the film ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, directed by Robert Mulligan, 1962. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mocking Bird is one of the fictional characters with good morals. His perseverance, his inner strength and his positive mindset are so inspiring. He taught me to be honest, work hard, never give up. I will become the winner someday.

“I try to know as many people as I can. You never know which one you’ll need.”

Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones by George R R Martin
Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones, George R R Martin

That, my friends, is a cool way to say that how much networking is important. This is one of the most memorable life lessons from a fictional character you can hear.

Communities are everything, creating your own tribe is very important. Networking is the first step towards growth.

“Good times become good memories, but bad times make good lessons.”

– Uncle Iroh, Avatar: The Last Airbender
Iroh: Avatar the Last Airbender

If you have not watched Avatar: The Last Airbender, you are missing a lot. This is one of the best animated series ever made. Amazing plot, spectacular world-building, strong women characters, absence of “male gaze” this show has everything.

Iroh is one of the best fictional characters that teach life lessons. I can write a 1000 words essay on him but this quote is my most favourite.

“The more fun I have, the more I care about the things in my life, the more anxious I become. Can this life go on forever?”

– Takashi Natsume, Natsume’s Book of Friends by Yuki Midorikawa
Natsume Takashi – Natsume’s Book of Friends

That is one existential crisis over there! However, the answer is – No. Sometimes I wish I could live for a long time. There are so many things I want to learn, see and feel. But human life is so short!

Natsume’s Book of Friends is my comfort manga. It is full of heart-touching moments and life lessons. This manga taught me to live my life to the fullest. I will take every opportunity thrown in my way. Not all will be fruitful but hey! I don’t want to have any regrets.

Let us know in the comments below things fictional characters taught you.


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