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Finding Inspiration in the Imaginary

via Daily Prompt: Imaginary

We all have had imaginary friends in life, and as we have gone about our life journey, there have been imaginary characters that we have related to in one way or another. Perhaps that character is from a cartoon, a movie, a video game, or something else entirely. Whatever the case may be, that particular character inspires us for one reason or another, and as a result, we end up liking that character for the rest of our lives. I personally don’t see anything wrong with that, but maybe that’s just because I’m the sort of person who finds beauty in the small, everyday things, and sees a deeper meaning behind everything (but you already knew that from my various INFJ posts. ) Here are some of the imaginary characters that I can related to, and the reasons that I have for being inspired by them. See if you agree with my picks:

1. The Original Cheshire Cat

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The original Cheshire cat from the 1950s version of Alice in Wonderland has always inspired me. Ever since I was a kid (90s baby), this beloved, kooky cat has stuck with me, and as I have  gotten older and appreciated the finer things in life, some of his quotes have really stuck with me. For instance, the GIF that I just posted has one of his classic quotes. Ironically, I actually have this image posted in my cubicle at work, that’s how much I like it. You see, I know that I’m “not all there.” I can be a bit eccentric at times, I get some strange ideas, and sometimes I say and do just plain goofy things with no rhyme or reason. It’s just who I am. And people have taken notice in these instances, and often remarked on my odd behavior. However, I don’t let it get to me. Rather, I embrace it. I acknowledge that I am a bit “mad,” as Alice and the Cheshire cat would say. But honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way. It makes me unique. And surrounding myself with others who are equally odd often makes life fun.

2. Tomoya Okazaki and Nagisa Okazaki (Furukawa)

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This is a story that speaks to my heart. The anime is called Clannad, and the continuation of the series occurs in Clannad: After Story. This is the first anime love story I ever watched, and it was the first anime that I actually liked and got me hooked on anime in general. My husband recommended it to me when we were dating. Folks, if you want a tear-fest, then boy oh boy is this the anime for you. It will tug on your heartstrings in more ways than one. Now, the reason that I relate to these two characters is because of many of the challenges that both of them face. Tomoya Okazaki has good friends, but is never really happy until he meets Nagisa, due to various circumstances in his life, some of which I can relate to, and soem which I cannot. Then there’s Nagisa. She always is trying to do the right thing, to be “good enough,” and to keep the peace at all times. She’s everything I want to be. PLUS, the love that they have for each other is amazing. You can tell they were made for each other. My husband and I have that same kind of relationship. We are soulmates. As long as we’ve been together, I knew he was the one. And we are committed to being by each other’s sides forever, just like Tomoya and Nagisa. Truly a match made in heaven.

3. Jonas from The Giver

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I have read The Giver several times in life, and each time, it has utterly captivated me and rocked me to my core. I first read it in 8th grade, then again in 9th grade. All throughout high school, I would read it on my own, because I liked it that much. Then, finally, I was able to purchase the entire quartet (yes, there are ultimately four books that make up the complete series, and what a series it is!). I enjoy reading it because it helps me see things differently. I suppose that I most relate to Jonas because he doesn’t take the world at face value, but questions everything. He wants to see the world at it’s full potential, and he understands the true essence of right and wrong. Ultimately, he wants to unlock the door to whatever it is that he’s missing in life so that he can share it with others and bring them to a place of unrivaled love and happiness. What an amazing endgame to have! He inspires me nearly to tears in ways that I can’t even begin to describe. The movie was excellent, but the book is utterly AMAZING! If you’re even remotely interested in this series, I highly recommend you read at least the main book, The Giver, first, then watch the movie, then read the remaining books in the series to put the pieces together. Trust me, it’s well worth it.

4. Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars

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This has got to be one of the most inspirational characters of our day. Augustus Waters never lets anything get him down, even on his bad days. He’s always finding something to smile about. Not to mention, he speaks like a poet. I mean, just look at the quote above. Hazel wants nothing to do with love, because she knows that it will ultimately end one day, and she wants him to be spared from that, and for herself to be spared as well. However, Augustus doesn’t care. Rather, he decides to spend forever with her, and to help her make the most of her life, while he simultaneously makes the most out of his. He helps her to see life in a positive way, and he helps infuse a little bit of life and happiness into the world, just by being himself. I tend to be a bit of a pessimist, but his personality is one that I aspire to have, or at least to work on having some day soon.

These are just a few of the imaginary characters that I can relate to. I can’t think of any more off the top of my head, at the moment, but I know that there are plenty more. So, what do you all think of my choices? Can you relate to any of these characters, too? Also, what are your choices for the most relatable and inspirational imaginary characters?

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INFJ: Or, The Quest to Unravel the Mind

via Daily Prompt: Unravel

As previously mentioned, I am an INFJ personality type, which is one of the rarest in the world. Because of my introverted intuition, I quietly observe things that most people don’t even pay attention to. I also make connections in weird ways that other people wouldn’t normally draw connections to. Here are a few examples:

When In Public

When I’m out and about, shopping, at an amusement park, or even driving, I notice small, subtle things that others don’t. One of the biggest things I notice is when someone wants to get over when I am driving. They don’t have their turn signals on, they’re making literally no indication whatsoever that they intend to get over, but I can always tell that they will do so within a few miles–usually, just by the way they hang back or maneuver their car in general. And 90% of the time, I’m right. Also, they typically don’t use their turn signals when they finally do decide to change lanes.

Another thing I do when I’m out in public is notice particular attributes of people or things, or even places. For instance, “that girl in the food court has a Macbook, I want a Macbook, I think I’ll save up and get one.” Or, “hey, look, that guy looks like Jesse Spencer (doctor Chase Cameron from House, M.D.)!” True story, I saw a guy in the mall who looked just like him the other day.

I also observe more subtle things. For instance, if I’m eating in a food court in the mall and someone gets up from their table a few rows down from me, I can see that. I see everything that they do. And I’m not being creepy about it, it’s just me observing. If the same person gets up five times in a row to get a napkin, I notice it and then look for the inevitable mess, or else try to figure out what’s going on. It’s strange, but that’s how we INFJs think.

In Conversation

Another strange way in which I make connections is that when I am having a conversation with someone, I often will relate things that I’ve seen or heard or read to whatever it is we’re talking about. It usually makes sense, but my coworkers in particular often say, “how did you make that connection with what we were talking about?” Or “what does that even have to do with this conversation?” This usually leads to a more in-depth explanation about why I thought it made sense, followed by some pretty strange looks.

One example of this: I don’t remember the conversation at all, but somehow, I went off on a tangent about The Matrix, and in my mind, it perfectly related to what we were talking about. My friends were very confused, but it made sense to me, and I ended up being able to explain it in a way that made sense.

Here’s an even better example of how I’m actually thinking during a conversation:

Coworker #1: “My wife and I went to this really neat shop yesterday. They had all kinds of antiques, many of them pre-Civil-War. It was pretty cool!”

Coworker #2: “Wow! Pre-Civil-War era? That’s cool! What kind of stuff was in there?”

Coworker #1: “Mostly old guns, a few pieces of military insignia, old American flags, stuff like that.”

Me: (In my mind: “Wow, that’s pretty awesome! I’d love to see that! The old guns, the flags, and the military uniforms all sound neat! Oh! You know what else is cool? The movie, Glory, with Denzel Washington, and Matthew Broderick. I wonder if they had anything like what was used in the movie!”)

Me: (Out loud) “That sounds awesome! I really like stuff like that, especially from what I saw in Glory!”

Coworker #1: “What does that have to do with anything?”

Me: “Well, Glory is about the Civil War, I just thought maybe the shop would have some of the stuff similar to what was used in the movie.”

Coworker #2: “You do know that the movie was made just a few years ago, right? And that the Civil War was a few hundred years ago? The stuff they used in the movie is nothing like what was in the antique shop.”

Me: “Well of course it wouldn’t be the same stuff they used in the movie, what I’m getting at is that some of what they used in the movie may have been similar in design to the real thing. I’d like to see it sometime, that’s all.”

These conversations usually end up leaving people confused or thinking that I am reading way too much into something. Which I probably am, but that’s my mind for you.

Well, that about sums it up for today. My mind is WAY too complex to unravel in just a space of a few minutes. However, if you’d like to continue on this journey with me, stick around for some additional blog posts, as there will most likely be plenty more on this subject later.