Welcome back to a new OWLS tour.
If you are new around here, let me explain you what is OWLS before getting in the main topic of this post.
OWLS stand for Otaku Warrior for Liberty and self-respect, we are a group of blogger and vlogger who promotes the acceptance of everyone regardless of their gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religion and/or disabilities.
Each month, we are given a topic and using the pop-culture as support we gonna explore it.
Last mother the subject was Happiness which was quite easy. For this month the topic is: “Vulnerable”
In the month of June, we will be discussing what it means to be vulnerable. To some individuals, being vulnerable could be seen as a sign of weakness, but in fact, vulnerability is actually a sign of strength. In this month’s posts, we will explore what it means to be vulnerable and how certain characters in pop culture glamorize vulnerability. When do we show our vulnerability? How do we express vulnerability? Why should we show vulnerability? These are questions that we will be discussing in our posts featuring characters that show vulnerability and/or sensitivity and what we can learn from them or even our own personal stories.
At first I wasn’t quite sure if I would take part of this tour or not, I was going through the animes I watched and the mangas I read, I stared at it for a good ten minutes wondering what I should take about. It’s only when I was close to get an headache cause of the much think that I start to get an idea of what I would talk about, but I wasn’t quite sure about it. My idea made sense, however I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off. I was about to go eat when I pass in front of the booksehelves I have outside my room and I got a flash. While I’m still still got quite sure if I can pull off this new idea, at least I knew a little more the direction I wanted to take.
By the title you might not have a idea which direction I’m gonna take, unless you watched the movie I choose as topic a countless time (or you are part of the OWLS and have access to the twitter owls chat or the sign-up cheat), without further ado, let’s present you what I picked for this OWLS post.
Lord of the Ring, more precisely Boromir, looking at it, I could probably talk about other character, but I think the eldest son of Denethor II Steward of Gondor, is a good example of what pride and the will of not showing our vulnerability and weakest can push us to do.
As I said, Boromir is the eldest son of Denethor II, the Steward of Gondor, Denethor is not the King, but still rules over the region. Boromir, like his father is a prideful man, who think the Gondor doesn’t need a king and the last thing he want is being seen as weak and vulnerable and a way to protect the people of Gondor.
For those you never read the book or saw the movies, but know a little bit of it, the Gondor is the region next to Mordor where the big bad guy of the story, Sauron, live. Gondor people are in the front line, it’s totally normal for Boromir to want to protect his people as the son of the Steward and he can’t do that if he feel vulnerable in front of the massive power of Sauron.
Of course he will never admit that, Boromir would never admit they were weak, he was too prideful for that, so instead of admitting they needed outside help, he decide to try to get his hand on the one weapon that might help him to protect his people, he would have never say in clear word how weak he felt in front of Sauron.
“Boromir : is a gift. A gift to the foes of Mordor. Why not use this ring? Long has my father, the Steward of Gondor, kept the forces of Mordor at bay. By the blood of our people are your lands kept safe. Give Gondor the weapon of the enemy. Let us use it against him.”
This feeling of vulnerability made him seek for more power, even if for this he had to act like a bad guy, the end justifies the means was his way of thinking. His will to protected his people, to get stronger to face the enemy driven him mad, made him act not like himself.
For most people looking vulnerable is a sign of weakness and this couldn’t do for the proud Warrior that was Boromir. When he realized his mistake, it was to late, the only thing he could to it’s protect the people who were around him.
I, of course, never was put in the same position Boromir was put, I never had to face hordes of orcs, I never had to choose between betray the trust people put in me and the people I have to protect, however I have my own pride and this pride always stopped me to show a more vulnerable, weak side. I like doing thing on my own, I’m not the kind of person who will seek for help even if I should ask, I had to learn that asking for help. I learnt to ask, my own body told me that there is time where I have no other choice than ask for help. Now I know what I can carry and what I cannot, I know I can bring a customer a playpen, baby swing or highchair and I know that I need to ask help to bing a box of travel syster (stroller and infant carseat), it took time, it took days off doing nothing cause of a lumbar sprain to get that my body had its limit and asking for help doesn’t mean that you are weak and vulnerable, doesn’t mean that you are weak, it just mean that you don’t have all what it take to made the job done.
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