Don't Let the Dragon Drag On

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Don’t let the dragon drag on. This is a quote from an episode of Adventure Time called ‘Davey’, and this line in particular has interested me for quite some time. (And frankly, I learn a lot more about life from Adventure Time than I do from other experiences). This is sort of spoilers for the episode so beware.

In the episode, Finn creates a secret identity for himself, different from his heroic appearance so that people won’t always bombard him with hanging out or admiring his duties. His normal persona he creates is used to disguise himself and act normal in public. Of course Finn takes an easy liking to this new character he made, named Davey, and he pretends to be him almost 24/7. This is when Jake reminds Finn "Don’t let the dragon drag on". The way I interpreted this was that Jake was telling Finn, not to let this alter ego Finn created distract or make him neglect who he really is.

This quote to me was really important because it can be really easy for anyone to pretend to be something they’re not. When you’re trying to impress someone, trying to benefit or better yourself, or even just try to make yourself more interesting, you may put on a mask or costume to pretend to be something else. In a situation where you want to impress someone, you may act a certain way, or say certain things, just to please that person and get them to like you. This can succeed in impressing the person, but it may turn out that they did not become impressed with who you are, but instead with the false persona you created. Losing yourself and who you are can be a dangerous thing. If you keep constantly trying to change yourself or try to be something else it could make you feel bad about yourself or inferior to what you’re trying to be. This is why a mentality of trying to be something you’re not is bad, even if the intentions are good. Don’t let the dragon drag on.

At the end of the episode Finn returns to his normal self and realizes being himself is the best thing he can be. Yay! Which is true of course for all of us. :)

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