It’s been long since I’ve stopped following Pokemon, but upon re-watching the opening soundtracks for the series, I realize now that there are some REALLY positive messages here:
"It’s a battle win or lose, it’s the friends we make, it’s the road we choose"
"Be the best that you can be and you will find your destiny"
"Each time, you try, you’re gonna get a little bit better, each time, you climb, it’s one more step up the ladder"
"Sometimes it’s hard to know, which way you’re suppose to go, but deep inside, you know you’re strong, if you follow your heart you can’t be wrong."
"This dream will last forever, this dream will never die. Yeah this dream will keep us together, it shows that you and I… Will be the best that this world has ever seen."
"We are together now, friends forever now, whatever may come our way, we will never run away."
"It’s always hard when the journey begins. Hard to find your way, hard to make new friends. But there’s nothing you can’t do, because you have the power inside of you."
"Stand up, for what is right. Be brave, get ready to fight. Hold on, we’re friends for life. And if we come, together as one, complete the quest, we’ve begun, we will win the battle."
(if you’ve never watched Pokemon, this next section will all mean nothing to you)
When I was young, I used to think “Hurry up Ash! Stop wasting so much time with these random side quests and focus on your goal!”
But now I realize that Ash wasn’t wasting his time. He defends the world from evil. He helps others in need. He stands up for what is right. And it is in helping others and making new friends that makes him a great trainer. His dreams become intertwined with the dreams of others. And in turn, they give him the tools, experience, and motivation to continue pursuing his goal of becoming a Pokemon master.
So, thinking back, I’ve come to the important realization that it’s never just about ourselves individually, and that
Our dreams are best achieved when integrated with the dreams of others.
And in whatever your path to greatness may be, it’s ok to take a few detours along the way and enjoy the adventure.