Gyrados and the Dragon we can Become

 

With the release of Pokemon Go, the words “Magikarp” and “Gyrados” are returning to daily conversations. Whether these words are new, returning, or have never lost popularity among your circle of influence, you’ve likely heard some snickering over their connection.

There are endless memes about it:

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(Please note: these memes do not belong to me.)

“How could Magikarp- something so worthless- evolve into Gyrados- the great and powerful Dragon?!?”

Most people however, don’t realize that this is not a new concept. By “not a new concept,” I mean that the creator of Pokemon was not the first person to think that a floppy fish could turn into a sea dragon. In fact, this evolutionary pattern has been floating around Japanese mythology for over a thousand years.

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Of course, the fish-dragon I am referring to now is not actually a Magikarp, but is instead the koi fish. (However, koi were developed from carp, so the name must not be much of a coincidence.) Koi are popular symbolically because they are known to swim upstream no matter what. They swim bravely and diligently. Nothing can distract them; nothing can stop them. It’s even been said that these fish can swim up waterfalls. Accord to Japanese legend, if a fish successfully climbs a waterfall, it will eventually pass through the Dragon Gate, at which point it transcends into a dragon.

Granted, this is merely a legend, but it is a good source of inspiration. Anyone can in some way become a “Dragon” if they “Just Keep Swimming,” (Oh look, a Disney reference.) Although I’ve been pondering this mythological chain of evolution a lot recently, I’ve had a hard time applying it to myself. I’ve been struggling to keep my blog a float, as you may have noticed by the lack of post recently. I’ve had a hard time keeping in touch with friends, had a hard time staying healthy, but most importantly, I’ve been struggling to look at myself as the Dragon I know I can become.

That will change though, I’m sure of it. I’m not sure how, but eventually I will climb to the top of the waterfall. I look forward to meeting those of you who are already there. To those of you who are still making your own trip t the dragon gate, feel free to shout out if you need a swimming buddy, I’m always here.

 

 

 

~~~Fun Links~~~

Wanna learn more about Koi? Here’s a good reference for you: [Click Here]

Want to make some sweet moving fish art? I found this tutorial earlier today: [Click Here]

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Mother’s Day: Time to Play

In case you weren’t paying attention, this Sunday is Mother’s day. (Quick buy a gift!)
In celebration of this event, it is my honor to introduce Dolls, Dragons, and Daily Life’s first Guest Blogger: My Mom.
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A child’s work is to play. Both young children and older children learn through their play. When children are not allowed to play they do not fully develop into a well-rounded adult. Having taken many childhood development courses before having children I was blessed to know these things.

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Dolls: It’s what I do!

 

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You may (or more likely may not) have noticed that I did not publish a blog post last week.

I DID, however, WRITE a blog post. I was not very satisfied with it, so I sent it to a few internet strangers  friends for feedback. The number one question I got back was; “What do you do?” To be honest, most of the time I don’t do anything. But when I do do stuff I do stuff with dolls. (Yes, I said do do, get over it.)

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Camp NaNoWriMo: Come Write With Me

Every November a world wide event called NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is held on nanowrimo.org. The goal of the event is to write a novel (50,000 words) before the month ends. It’s a fairly well known event, and I myself participate every year.

You may be wondering why I would write about an autumn event when spring is just beginning. Well, wonder no longer- I’m actually writing about NaNoWriMo’s sister event Camp NaNoWriMoCamp NaNoWriMo is held twice a year during April and June, and it is significantly less rigid that the NaNoWriMo held in November.

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So what is Camp NaNoWriMo all about? It’s about writing of course! The goal of Camp NaNoWriMo is just write- it doesn’t have to be a novel, but it can be anything you’d like. Camp NaNoWriMo invites you to create a writing project that could be classified as nonfiction books, poetry, scripts, short stories, or revisions. Then, there is the ever-inviting “Other” category.

The “Other” category has no limitations, plus the people at NaNoWriMo are always encouraging creative and new ways of stretching the rules. For this category you could create a writing goal for journaling, shopping lists, lecture notes, anything- as long as you are writing!

 

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I had planned on writing a novel this month, however after starting this blog post, and noticing for myself the flexibility of the “other” category, I decided to change my project. THIS (my blog) is going to be my new project.

I also had planned on posting this blog post at the beginning of the week so that I could invite others to join me, and give them time to plan out their own writing projects, but I procrastinated. Though I still invite you to join me, you may not have time to prepare. Fortunately, I have an inspirational quote to encourage you to try anyways:

Great people do things before they’re ready. They dothings before they know they can do it. doing what you’reafraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking riskslike that — that is what life is. You might find out.png

Until Next Time,

Ronnie