Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence.
As a child, I watched a variety of humorous and educational cartoons. Each and every show gave me new ideas to think about, and they paved the way to my imagination. Throughout my childhood, I have always been intrigued by fantasy and mysteries. Then, one morning when I got up earlier than usual and flipped the switch to turn on the television, I was introduced to a fictional show that I have never seemed to have forgotten. It was because of one character that I just could not divert my eyes.
He was a role model of a father, a great guy, strong and above all, caring. This one character, named Goku, demonstrated this beautiful personality, and his positive attitude and pure heart affected me. Suddenly, I wanted to be the same way. I yearned to look at life the same way he did. No matter what situation befell me, I wanted to smile and never look back at the negatives.
As a follower Christ, I was further influenced by Goku's ability to do exactly what Christ had suggested we do: "Love your enemy."
In the midst of all his success in martial arts and his strength, he never fought to kill, and he never held any hate in his heart. He always fought with his enemies but not before asking them to change. He showed kindness to the very people who were trying to kill him! At first it seemed too unrealistic, but Goku's actions reminded me of Christ, who forgave those opposed him, beat him, and crucified him.
In my early teen years, I had faced a great deal of changes as well as adversity. I was growing up, and my peers were unpleasant and vulgar people to be around. I did not make many friends because I was intimidated by the selfish and crude conversations. Then, I found myself thinking about how Goku's childish but loving attitude seemed to draw others to the same attitude, and instead of avoiding people, it seemed better to sit right in the midst of everyone, especially during lunch, and be myself. It was better that people knew who I was, and the choice was up to them to accept or not accept me.
In the show, it was Goku's love and desire to protect that allowed him to become the world's greatest martial artist. He was determined and never gave up. Even when times became more complicated, I would remember to never give up and never back down because I was inspired when Goku took every challenge ever presented to him and never stopped until he surpassed each one.
In high school, I raised my goals even higher, and I would never stop until my goals were met or surpassed them with flying colors. Goku's love, to his son and his friends, as well as his diligence continued to impact my thinking and my actions. More than ever, I wanted to be as friendly as possible to everyone around me. I always wanted to laugh things off and surpass my own expectations in school.
Ever since I first watched Goku on T.V., my own personality has changed in a beneficial way. I may have been pessimistic as a child, but now, I see the world in a new light. By Goku's way of life, I further realize just how satisfying a positive and loving outlook can be. There were many moral lessons I learned and many truths that I came to realize. One quote that I will always remember is, "What I represent can never be destroyed!"