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The Legend of Will 5: Embracing my Dreams


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“Believe in your strengths...Believe...â€

- The Happy mask Salesman, Majora’s Mask

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Part 1: Prologue

Part 2: The Search

Part 3: Letting go of the Immortal Childhood

Part 4: Setting sail; Islands and Oceans

Part 5: Embracing my dreams

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Prologue

 

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This is the story of a boy, but this is no ordinary boy. In a time when the world still felt magical, a mother, father and their baby boy entered deep within the forests of Oregon. At the edge of the coast, with the waves crashing at the shore, the young boy was raised.

 

As he grew, he experienced stories of brave and courageous heroes. With every game played, a new tale was told. Friends were lost, and found; powerful foes defeated; challenges conquered; and lives lived to the fullest. To his eyes, filled with wonder, these games showed him what life could be.

 

Throughout his childhood, friends came and went. Growing up, he was a bit of an odd child, causing trouble at school when he was bored. He was of the mind to always embrace life; to explore, discover, learn, and have fun. Seeing a smile on other’s faces was a true joy to him. And through the rain and the shine, time passed, peacefully. Though every day might not have been the best, they were still enjoyed.

 

As the days went by, the boy, raised under the Cypress tree, began to wonder what all was out there to see. There must have to have been something more than just his home, right? Well, these thoughts did not trouble him for long, for he knew that the next day would be filled with new experiences, just as the last.

 

But one day, to escape the fires of a collapsing economy, his parents took him and his younger sister far, far away. One last year of school was lived in his home town; and a final birthday party was thrown for the boy. Surrounded by all of his closest friends, to him, he wouldn’t have minded if the day had lasted forever. And at summer’s end, together the family moved to Washington; a new start, a new beginning.

 

The boy looked to the back of the car, watching as his house receded into the distance, until no more of it could be seen. As the car drove through town, familiar locations zoomed by, and as the family reached the edge of their home, the boy caught one last glimpse of the town’s famous bridge. Underneath, the cool blue waters of the ocean glistened in the sunlight. And before all was obscured by the passing trees, the boy saw, one last time, the elementary school he grew up in. All the time he spent there, no longer felt like the past, but a far off memory, moving into the distance with the rest of his home. As tears rolled down his face, he said goodbye one last time.

 

“…Thank you, for all the great times… I love you, my home, my friends… always…â€

 

But as the familiar faded into the distance, the boy turned his head to look towards the future. As the family adjusted to their new home, everyone began to embrace the new. Everything was a brand new experience for the boy: new sights to see, new people to meet, new things to do. The family found a new paradise, and it was a paradise well enjoyed.

 

Unfortunately, it would not be there to stay.

 

As the years passed the boy grew older, but did not grow up. Stuck in the past, his memories changed from thoughts of happy times, to cold, harsh reminders of how much his life had changed for the worse. There became a dichotomy of the warm, happy, and loving past; and the friendless, lonely, and troubling present.

 

Fights began to become more frequent, anger was held onto, and resentment of past wrongdoing became present. Throughout the family, ire ran.

 

The boy began to loath his father, his school, and his life. And as time passed, he came upon the information that his parent’s relationship wasn’t what he thought it was. As he was told from his mother, the love that was there left long ago, and although she tried to get it back after that fateful move, the husband would not try. Slowly, this began to eat away at him: the one good thing he had left, his memories of better days, slowly became twisted. Was his childhood not what he thought it was? Could he no longer look back to a time when he truly felt he had a family?

 

Deep in despair, the boy trudged on. As the days turned to months, and months turned to years, he would fight on, as to not show his sadness inside. “What happened!?†he would think to himself, “why has everything become so bad… It feels like everyone’s mad at me, just because I’m horrible at school! Even I feel mad at myself… isn’t there something about me I can be proud of? Where did all the good days go…â€.

 

And though the boy wanted to give up many times, when all hope seemed lost, he could not bring himself to quit. He knew, deep down, there was still a chance that life could be enjoyed, and if he just kept fighting, he could see the day when that finally became true. And so, through all the horrible times; through all his mistakes, blunders, and stupid decisions; through it all he went.

 

Then, one day, he came across an article on a Zelda fan site: “How to work out, Zelda style.†His curiosity peeked, he decided to follow the link, and there he found himself, at a new site called Nerd Fitness. The article, “Fulfilling your fate of Fitness†was his first article read there. With the inspiration to try and make things better, he set off to try and improve himself. A spark, born long ago, finally had the fuel it needed to burn bright once again.

 

Days, months passed, and the boy slowly began to change. But it was not enough, he needed the extra push.

 

The end of his senior year of High School was quickly approaching, and the boy didn’t even have enough credits to pass as a sophomore. Depressed, and slowly accepting the fact that another year of school was ahead, the boy looked for any other path. Luckily, his school counselor suggested to his mother that he be transferred over to a different school, where the style of teaching varied greatly in comparison to his current school. Desperate to try anything new, rather than keep trying what he knew wouldn’t work, he agreed to transfer.

 

Quickly, he found the new school a huge positive change over what he had been in before. With only one class being focused on at a time, the boy could finally concentrate without feeling overwhelmed.

 

His mind cleared, he went back to his favorite site, Nerd Fitness, to see what was new. As he searched, he came across what was called a “Six Week Challenge.†Intrigued, he dug deeper to discover more. He found he was not of the age to join the community, but he didn’t let that stop him from participating: He would just go and do a Six Week Challenge on his own!

 

With the last remaining days of school moving by, the boy decided to give it a try. He did his first Challenge to the theme of A Link to the Past. Throughout the Challenge, the boy faced many hardships, wondering if he’d even be able to complete it at all. But from the pits of despair, he fought his way up, and finished his first challenge spectacularly!

 

Tired, aching, and covered in sweat, he laid his head to rest after the final day; Ganon had been defeated, the last workout was done. Peace was restored to the land, and the boy’s heart. Finally, he felt proud.

 

As the summer came to a close, the boy emerged stronger than ever. Although only one challenge was done to completion, he still worked out as hard as he could over the remaining time. Old enough to join the Community, he decided he was tired of being alone; he went out to find friends online.

 

With THE DAI-GURREN BRIGADE now at his side, he, along with his new friends, bravely faced challenge after challenge. As the months passed, many a challenge was themed to a Zelda game for him, for it was those games that where closest to his heart. Oracle of Seasons, and Oracle of Ages where attempted and conquered.

 

But now the boy finds himself at the end of the road: The way forward is no longer paved for him. And although he’s found many new and wonderful friends on Nerd Fitness, he finds himself with no friends to be by his side. Faced with the troubling prospect of being alone once more, and the frightening idea of drifting through life without reason or care, he finds he must stand up and brave the unknown, or die sitting still.

 

With courage in his heart, and friends from around the world from Nerd Fitness cheering him on, he lets the winds guide his sails towards a new life; one of adventure. Now finally, the day of destiny has come; for the little boy, who so desperately wanted to see the world with his own eyes, and become a hero, will finally have his dream come true.

 

And thus his legend begins.

 

 

The Search

 

This is a response/rewrite of this article here: A Secret and Personal Journey

 

I’ve written this with the examples used in the article to reflect what I’ve learned from reading it.

 

This is not necessarily 100% original. Most of what's written follows what the article said, but with my own twist added. I felt trying to write it myself, and saying what I want to learn from it, would help better cement the ideas in my mind, rather than just copy and pasting the article here.

  • My goal is to follow what is written in here to become a better friend. I don’t know how to quantify that into points for a challenge, but I’ll make it a priority to try and talk to as many new people on my journey, and spend time with the friends I already have, in one way or another.

 

“Whenever there is a meeting, a parting is sure to follow.†The words of the Happy Mask Salesman ring deeply true to me. As I’ve gone through life, I’ve found that my friends seem to come and go. As Rusl says to Link in the beginning of Twilight Princess “Tell me… Do you ever feel a strange sadness as dusk falls? They say it’s the only time when our world intersects with theirs… …The only time we can feel the lingering regrets of spirits who have left our world. That is why loneliness always pervades the hour of twilight…â€

 

For the longest time, I’ve found myself lost in the melancholy of Twilight; going to bed at the end of each day, thinking of the things that could have been. The friends I could have made, the ones I could have talked to, but didn’t. But as The Happy Mask Salesman continues, “However, that parting need not last forever... Whether a parting be forever or merely for a short time... That is up to you.†And as I’ve grown up, I’ve come to find this even more and more true! Life is only lived when you live it, and friends are only made when you open your heart to them.

 

I’ve pondered the reasons for why my past is the way it is for long enough, and as Rusl states in Twilight Princess “but enough talk of sadness.†It is time I stop wallowing in my own self-pity; I must release the anchors that hold me back, raise my sails, and let the wind carry me to destinations unknown.

 

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In the Wind Waker, The wise old man on Outset Island, Sturgeon, instructs you to read through his ten “One-Point Lessons.†Lesson six, entitled “Improving Human Relations,†reads: “To improve one's relations with one's fellow beings, one must be outgoing and press [A] to speak to all people one meets. When one opens one's heart to others, others will open their hearts in return and offer wisdom on many important things. If the person's advice is strange or cannot be understood, one should not feel shy. One should simply ask the person to repeat the statement by pressing [A] again.†In the search for friends, I must first open my heart to them, to listen to what they have to say, what they feel. For only then will they open their heart to mine. But just as Link in Majora’s Mask learns, crossing the void to others is no easy task.

 

In order for Link to get the Lens of Truth, he must take a step of faith off a cliff in order to proceed. The owl, Kaepora Gaebora, warns Link that “without courage and determination†he will not advance any further. Yet if Link hesitates, Kaepora Gaebora offers Link words of encouragement to the boy, that “after retreat, courage returns.†In matters of friends, if I do not try, I shall not succeed; but if I hesitate, all is not lost, for I can return to try again.

 

After Link decides to take the leap of faith and cross the void, Kaepora Gaebora offers him more wise words: “Do not be daunted by appearances. Instead, let your feelings guide you, and the true path shall open before you.†As I reach out to others, I must look for what’s beneath the surface, to who they really are, by actively trying to invest in the friendship. But as Link tries to cross the void, jumping from one invisible platform to the next, if he missteps and falls into the void, Kaepora Gaebora rescues him and counsels the boy, saying “It seems things are not going well for you… Hoo-Hoot! Fear not, it never goes well at first for anyone. But by no means should you grow impatient. Impatience brings uneasiness and distracts the heart.†This reaffirms that not every attempt for friendship will be successful, but regardless I must preserve.

 

Not everyone will like me, and I won’t like everyone I meet, but that should not stop me from trying to find those I do. For as the owl in Link’s Awakening tells Link, “you cannot know if a chest holds treasure until you open it.†As he continues, he says to “Trust your feelings. Someday you will know for sure.†I must let my feelings guide me on my search, above all else. They must be the wind that pushes my sails. And as Sturgeon’s final “One-Point Lesson†tells us, we must continue on, for “no matter what happens… do not give up.â€

 

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In matters of friendships, I must reach out to others in order to make new friends. But what is true friendship? True friendship, to me, is love. And I’m not just talking about the romantic kind. No I’m talking about the deep connection you feel with the closest of friends. But the word “love†is thrown around so much in today’s world, to the point of the word losing its meaning. So then, that begs the question: what is real love?

 

As Sheik from Ocarina of Time puts it, it is a gradual feeling, one that only grows and develops with time. Sheik, during one of your encounters with him (her) will tell you that “It is something that grows over time... a true friendship. A feeling in the heart that becomes stronger over time... The passion of friendship will soon blossom into a righteous power and through it, you will know which way to go...†Sheik then goes on to say at another encounter, “Time passes, people move.... Like a river's flow, it never ends... A childish mind will turn to noble ambition... Young love will become deep affection... The clear water's surface reflects growth...†With these words, Sheik asserts that love is time, and personal growth of character. The Happy Mask Salesman in Majora’s Mask tells Link that “time is not eternal. Please make the most of your time.†Together, all of this makes clear that love is time spent together with others. To share what time you have alive with another, is truly a precious gift.

 

So the greatest gift you can give is time? Yes, that is true, but true friendships go far beyond that. As Link leaves the forest in Ocarina of Time, Saria, his best friend meets him on the bridge before he leaves. As the two face each other, Saria say to Link "Oh, you're leaving... I knew... that you would leave the forest... someday, Link... Because you are different from me and my friends.... But that's OK, because we'll be friends forever... won't we? I want you to have this Ocarina... Please take good care of it. When you play my Ocarina, I hope you will think of me.†After Kaepora Gaebora teaches Link the Song of Soaring, he says to the boy “From the first time you play this song, we shall become eternal friends, transcending time and place!†With this, it is made clear what true friendship, love, is. It is a power that grows over time. It is the gift of shared time. And its power transcends time and space. For me to make true, lasting friendships, I must be willing to be involved with others, to listen to their feelings, share my time, and to not worry over partings, for as the Happy Mask Salesman said “[a] parting need not last forever.â€

 

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On the road to friendship, there will be many a time when disputes occur. Be the matters large or small, no one in this world will think exactly like me. These petty little battles can become true monsters though, ruining even the greatest of friendships.

 

Conflict can become a threat to any friendship, and an obstacle to overcome when trying to make new ones, but as a riddle to open a door in Spirit Tracks reads: “Opening the Door of Friendship: Once upon a time, two men fell in love with a beautiful woman. One man was popular and always the center of attention. But all he cared about was the beautiful woman he had fallen in love with. Unfortunately for him, the woman only had eyes for the other man. The battle for the woman's love grew and sent sparks hot enough to melt stone. But eventually, friendship shone between the men like a light, uniting the pair. It was as if a door had been unlocked.†Through this, the game shows that even in the midst of conflict, one can find ways to connect with others.

 

To make new friends, I must accept that there will be differences between us, due to the fact that their history is different than mine. But what about when we disagree? What about when one has been wronged? Well, Majora’s Mask illustrates what happens when one lets these petty battles become more important than the friendship.

 

In Majora’s Mask, Link travels to the desolate ruins of the fallen Kingdom of Ikana, now known as Ikana Valley. All around him are the remains of a once prosperous kingdom, laid to waste by the horrors of war. As he travels through this land, he finds that he’s not alone, for the spirits of the dead roam the valley, crushed by their regret and despair. Once Link is victorious in his battle against King Igos du Ikana, his two henchmen, who assisted him in battle, begin to fight over which one of them was the better swordsman in Ikana. The King soon intervenes and roars: “Rrrrrr-Ah!!! Will you stop?!!? What fools! Haven't you begun to understand? The kingdom being ruined and us left in this state... Isn't it petty, little battles like this that have caused it? Believing in your friends and embracing that belief by forgiving failure... These feelings have vanished from our hearts.â€

 

Throughout the kingdom, petty conflicts are still being fought, even after death. Of the two composer brothers, Sharp and Flat, Sharp, tricked by the Skull Kid, sells his soul to imprison his brother Flat. Flat, sealed away, wishes nothing more than for his brother to find his path again. Once Link brings Sharp back to his senses, all he wishes for is his brother’s friendship once again.

 

Petty battles over greed and jealousy caused the destruction of both the Kingdom of Ikana and the Garo Nation, who fight from beyond the grave. The captain of Ikana’s army, Captain Skull Keeta, now wishes for nothing more than for the battles to end. He’s realized how pointless these battles are, for their lives had been wasted on fighting a petty war. For now that everyone is dead, all their warring was for naught; and their battles after death change nothing. When they should have embraced kindness and understanding, all they did was cultivate anger and hatred. In an effort to calm the restless sprits of the Valley, Captain Skull Keeta asks of Link to “Convey my words to my men, who, even in death, remain loyal to me. Tell them the war has ended...â€

 

All of this serves as an example of what can happen when one lets themselves get lost in the trivial conflicts. When one does not see the person as who they are, a friend, but rather an enemy with which you argue over meaningless disagreements, then it comes as no surprise that the relationship will be as desolate and empty as the Valley of Ikana.

 

Arguments will come up, that is not something I can run away from. And not talking about issues will not make them go away. I must never let small fights ruin the friendships I have and will make; and the way to do that is that I must be open, and trust in my friends. I must trust that they want to be my friends, regardless of differences, and that they too, at the end of the day, just want to end the fighting and have a friend by their side. The message of Ikana Valley is to let go anger, and forget the score of who wronged who; just embrace forgiveness, be honest and true to your friends, and believe in each other.

 

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As Majora’s mask comes to a close, Link hands over Majora’s Mask, now drained of its evil power, to the Happy Mask Salesman. As the Happy Mask Salesman leaves, he turns to Link and says to him: “Well, both of us have gotten what we were after...†If one were to look at the surface, it’s easy to become puzzled by that statement; The Happy Mask Salesman got Majora’s Mask back, but Link still hasn’t found his friend Navi. So what’s he talking about then? To see, one must look deeper into what's gone on: throughout the game, what has Link been doing? Witnessing friendships torn apart by petty conflicts, and mending them back together. He’s been spreading happiness and hope all across the land. Through all of it, he was able to realize what friendship truly is. While on his search for Navi, his ideal of what a friend should be, he was able to slowly open his eyes and see all the new friends that now surrounded him. Because of his adventure throughout the land of Termina, he was able to develop a greater appreciation of the value of friendship; to let go of a focus on one ideal, and be open to embracing new relationships. Because of this, he was able to make new friends in every corner of the land. For as the Happy Mask Salesman continues: “But, my, you sure have managed to make quite a number of people happy. The masks you have are filled with happiness. This is truly a good happiness.â€

 

It’s just like the riddle in Sprit Tracks, where the two men learn that solely focusing one person can distract you from other potential friends.

 

Just looking for an ideal will blind me from everyone else around me. So while on the search, I must keep my eyes, and heart, open, for if I'm willing, I may find friendships in even the strangest of circumstances. Besides, no one is perfect, including me, so I should not be asking of perfection from others. All I should ask is for a friend.

 

As The Happy Mask Salesman begins to walk away into the distance, he leaves Link with some parting words: “Shouldn't you be returning home as well? Whenever there is a meeting, a parting is sure to follow. However, that parting need not last forever... Whether a parting be forever or merely for a short time... That is up to you.†In the beginning, Link felt alone and lost, but throughout his adventure, he realizes that he was never alone to begin with. Because of his travels, he’s come to appreciate the friends he’s already had, the ones he’s made, and the ones he’s had to leave behind, because friendship transcends time and space. The message Link learns is to never abandon your friends on the search, keep them close to your heart, and appreciate them for who they are.

 

So no matter where I go on my journey, I must make sure to no abandon my friends. Too many times I've felt alone, wishing for companionship, blinded to the fact that there were people around me who cared about me. So from now on, I'll make sure to always remember that I'm never truly alone.

 

The words of The Happy Mask Salesman harken back to the parting words of Princess Zelda to Link before his journey began: “You are already leaving this land of Hyrule, aren’t you? Even though it was only a short time, I feel like I’ve known you forever. I’ll never forget the days we spent together in Hyrule… And I believe in my heart that a day will come when I shall meet you again…Until that day comes, please . . . I am praying… I am praying that your journey be a safe one.†Zelda realizes and knows that partings need not last forever, and thus puts her faith in Link, believing that one day he’ll return to Hyrule. With this simple act of belief, the friendship between Zelda and Link is able to stay strong, because sometimes it doesn’t even take petty battles to destroy friendships, just a lack of appreciation until they’ve withered away to nothingness. True friendships are never truly lost, for they transcend time and space, all you need to do is hope that the parting is “merely for a short time.â€

 

So as said before, I must believe in my friends, and do all in my power to try and spend what time I can with them. Our time on earth is limited, so time shared with others is truly a precious thing. And when that meeting is inevitably followed with a parting, I must remember that as long as their memory is held close to my heart, the friendship will live on, to continue another day.

 

Just like how in Ocarina of Time, before Link leaves the forest, Saria tells him: “Oh, you're leaving... But that's OK, because we'll be friends forever... won't we?†She knows true friendship goes beyond circumstance, and that as long as they held each other in their hearts, their friendship would always be there. For no matter where life brings us, no matter where we go on the search, there will always be those waiting for us back home, just wanting to see us return safely once again.

 

So no matter where I go, no matter who I meet, I’ll always keep my friends close to my heart. For as long as I remember, and cherish the friends I have, no matter how far apart we may be, I'll always have them by my side.

 

Letting go of the Immortal Childhood

 

In progress...

Setting sail; Islands and Oceans

 

In progress...

 

Embracing my dreams

 

In progress...

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[ Battle Log: - THE LEGEND OF WILL - ]

Spoiler

 

"I can change the future!"

- Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles

 

"I still don't know what I should do. What [he's] doing isn't for his own gain. He walks the path he believes in, one step at a time. Wishing only for the happiness of those around him. I, on the other hand... I thought I didn't have a path that I could take laid out before me. But like he said, that's just running away. I must find my own path."

- Fei from Xenogears

 

"A life of adventure awaits those with the courage to step beyond their comfort zones."

- Hylian Dan from The Philosophy of The Wind Waker

 

 

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Week One: Leaving Paradise


 


  • (Monday - 6/9/14) Day One: Wake up, sleepy head!
    • Sleep:
      • To bed: 11:00pm

    • Notes: Not much happened today. I'm just recovering from crazy amount of stuff that went on yesterday and last week. First, this whole week has been filled with volunteer stuff, and yesterday I went out with a friend to their church (which is unusual for me, considering the fact that I'm not religious at all), and then I went to volunteer at my sister's play, by helping out with the concessions. Overall, I had fun, it was just exhausting. So today, I just rested up, and tried to think up what I want my challenge to center around. I've begun writing up my goals and stuff in a Word doc., but I'm still fine tuning it. I want it to be something I can look at every day to remind myself, whenever I feel lost, why I'm doing this!

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[ Battle Log: - THE LEGEND OF WILL - ]

Spoiler

 

"I can change the future!"

- Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles

 

"I still don't know what I should do. What [he's] doing isn't for his own gain. He walks the path he believes in, one step at a time. Wishing only for the happiness of those around him. I, on the other hand... I thought I didn't have a path that I could take laid out before me. But like he said, that's just running away. I must find my own path."

- Fei from Xenogears

 

"A life of adventure awaits those with the courage to step beyond their comfort zones."

- Hylian Dan from The Philosophy of The Wind Waker

 

 

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  • (Tuesday - 6/10/14) Day Two: Aimlessly wander around the island, because why not.

    • Sleep:

      • To bed: 2:00am

  • Notes: Well... spent all day watching Nintendo's thing at E3. I'm super excited for the new Zelda, Hyrule Warriors, Super Smash Bros. 4, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Yoshi's Woolly World, and surprisingly Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Didn't think I'd like that one, but once it was out on the floor, and game-play was shown, I got much more interested). There's a few more I'm interested in, but the main ones I'll be keeping my eye on are the listed ones. Other than that, I really didn't do much. Just binge watched the whole presentation (to be honest, I was hoping for more coverage of the new Zelda, but I got to see some Hyrule Warriors game-play, so I'm happy). Heh heh, slow day, I guess, but it was fun :)

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[ Battle Log: - THE LEGEND OF WILL - ]

Spoiler

 

"I can change the future!"

- Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles

 

"I still don't know what I should do. What [he's] doing isn't for his own gain. He walks the path he believes in, one step at a time. Wishing only for the happiness of those around him. I, on the other hand... I thought I didn't have a path that I could take laid out before me. But like he said, that's just running away. I must find my own path."

- Fei from Xenogears

 

"A life of adventure awaits those with the courage to step beyond their comfort zones."

- Hylian Dan from The Philosophy of The Wind Waker

 

 

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  • (Wednesday - 6/11/14) Day Three: *Yaaaaaaawn* I'm tired.

    • Sleep:

      • To bed: 9:30

  • Notes: I've been very tired today due to a bad night sleep last night. It's been pretty hard to pay attention to while doing my writeup, but I've mad some progress. Hopefully, it shall be up by tomorrow. Oh, and a goal for tomorrow too: Go around to everyone's threads on the brigade. I need to do that, so tomorrow shall be the day to start! I'll put that as one of the things I did on tomorrows write up :D

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[ Battle Log: - THE LEGEND OF WILL - ]

Spoiler

 

"I can change the future!"

- Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles

 

"I still don't know what I should do. What [he's] doing isn't for his own gain. He walks the path he believes in, one step at a time. Wishing only for the happiness of those around him. I, on the other hand... I thought I didn't have a path that I could take laid out before me. But like he said, that's just running away. I must find my own path."

- Fei from Xenogears

 

"A life of adventure awaits those with the courage to step beyond their comfort zones."

- Hylian Dan from The Philosophy of The Wind Waker

 

 

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Sub'd and following! :D

 

Second swampling, looking forward to all of the awesome your gonna create!

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Level 6 Pixie Assassin Rangerish Adventurer
Current Challenge: Guess What??
Previous Challenges:

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1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 12th 13th 14th  Battle Log
-We can't always change the things we've done, but we can change what we do next.

-I don't have a choice. I deserve a better life and this is what I have to do to get there.
-Whatever doesn't kill me....Had better start running.

 

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HellloOooooOOooo!

 

I feel like I'd be saying that as I cartwheeled through...if one could cartwheel through a thread...well, and if I could cartwheel (which I can't).

 

Aaaaanyway...

 

How's it going Will?! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with! I'm not sure what your plans are, or will be...BUT I *DO* know that you're likely kicking ass as I type, and that you're going to kill this challenge! Rrrrr! :livid: 

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A Level 3 Wood Elf Finding Her Way


 


“A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for.†William G.T. Shedd


 


 


 My People  :livid:


 


Current Challenge: Taking Time


 


 


 

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Looking forward to seeing what you've come up with for this round!

Ha ha, so am I :D

I'm still trying to figure out what my goals should be this time around, but as of the time of me typing this, I've gotten two workouts in (one on Thursday, and one today). So yeah, things are going good on that front. I'm planing to incorporate traveling into this challenge and I want to leave home on my birthday, like Link from The Wind Waker, just not with the whole "a giant bird captured my little sister!" thing :lol:

 

Sub'd and following! :D

 

Second swampling, looking forward to all of the awesome your gonna create!

YEAH! This shall be awesome :D

 

I'm in.

And so am I :pride:

Let us kick all of the ass, together!!!

 

HellloOooooOOooo!

 

I feel like I'd be saying that as I cartwheeled through...if one could cartwheel through a thread...well, and if I could cartwheel (which I can't).

 

Aaaaanyway...

 

How's it going Will?! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with! I'm not sure what your plans are, or will be...BUT I *DO* know that you're likely kicking ass as I type, and that you're going to kill this challenge! Rrrrr! :livid:

Oh, come on PhD, you can cartwheel through a thread! You just have to believe hard enough :playful:

No, but seriously, I'm doing pretty well today, thanks for asking :)

Like I said to Swampling, I'm still coming up with a plan. Either way, I got my workouts in, and I've been studying up on traveling, so even if I don't have realy defined goals written out yet, I'm still making progress :D

So don't worry, much ass has been kicked! Rawr!

 

 

Thank you all for dropping in! You're all awesome :pride:

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[ Battle Log: - THE LEGEND OF WILL - ]

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"I can change the future!"

- Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles

 

"I still don't know what I should do. What [he's] doing isn't for his own gain. He walks the path he believes in, one step at a time. Wishing only for the happiness of those around him. I, on the other hand... I thought I didn't have a path that I could take laid out before me. But like he said, that's just running away. I must find my own path."

- Fei from Xenogears

 

"A life of adventure awaits those with the courage to step beyond their comfort zones."

- Hylian Dan from The Philosophy of The Wind Waker

 

 

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  • (Thursday - 6/12/14) Day Four: Stop by Orca's house and train with the sword!
    • PLP 45: Complete
    • Workout: Complete
      • Squats (25 lbs each hand, 50 lbs total)
        • 13
      • 13
  • Dead Lifts (25 lbs each hand, 50 lbs total)
    • 13
  • 13
Bench Press (25 lbs each hand)
  • 13
13Planks
  • 1min. 20sec.
1min. 20sec.Bent over Row (25 lbs each hand)
  • 15 (Left and Right)
13 (Left and Right)Sleep: N/ANotes: Workout felt great! Found out that it was the Chin ups the screwed me over. Apparently, any exercise with my palms facing me hurts my wrists considerably, so I'm doing upper body stuff with my hands facing away, or in a neutral grip. For some reason, that doesn't hurt at all.

[ Battle Log: - THE LEGEND OF WILL - ]

Spoiler

 

"I can change the future!"

- Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles

 

"I still don't know what I should do. What [he's] doing isn't for his own gain. He walks the path he believes in, one step at a time. Wishing only for the happiness of those around him. I, on the other hand... I thought I didn't have a path that I could take laid out before me. But like he said, that's just running away. I must find my own path."

- Fei from Xenogears

 

"A life of adventure awaits those with the courage to step beyond their comfort zones."

- Hylian Dan from The Philosophy of The Wind Waker

 

 

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  • (Friday - 6/13/14) Day Five: Relax by the ocean, as the waves crash against the shore
    • Sleep: N/A
  • Notes: I'll I remember is lazing around the house. I'm pretty sure I bought How to Travel the World on $50 a Day on Friday too. Either way, I have it in my nook.

[ Battle Log: - THE LEGEND OF WILL - ]

Spoiler

 

"I can change the future!"

- Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles

 

"I still don't know what I should do. What [he's] doing isn't for his own gain. He walks the path he believes in, one step at a time. Wishing only for the happiness of those around him. I, on the other hand... I thought I didn't have a path that I could take laid out before me. But like he said, that's just running away. I must find my own path."

- Fei from Xenogears

 

"A life of adventure awaits those with the courage to step beyond their comfort zones."

- Hylian Dan from The Philosophy of The Wind Waker

 

 

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  • (Saturday - 6/14/14) Day Six: Capture a pig, bring it as a gift, receive Rupees! 20 whole Rupees! I'm rich!
    • Sleep: 11:00 pm
  • Notes: Pretty good day today. Nothing stand out happened. Still trying to figure out where to travel too.

[ Battle Log: - THE LEGEND OF WILL - ]

Spoiler

 

"I can change the future!"

- Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles

 

"I still don't know what I should do. What [he's] doing isn't for his own gain. He walks the path he believes in, one step at a time. Wishing only for the happiness of those around him. I, on the other hand... I thought I didn't have a path that I could take laid out before me. But like he said, that's just running away. I must find my own path."

- Fei from Xenogears

 

"A life of adventure awaits those with the courage to step beyond their comfort zones."

- Hylian Dan from The Philosophy of The Wind Waker

 

 

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  • (Sunday - 6/15/14) Day Seven: Practice with the sword some more! HI-YAA!
    • PLP 46: Complete
    • Workout: Complete
      • Squats (25 lbs each hand, 50 lbs total)
        • 13
      • 14
      • 13
Dead Lifts (25 lbs each hand, 50 lbs total)
  • 15
14 13Bench Press (25 lbs each hand)
  • 13
1313Planks
  • 1min. 20sec.
1min. 20sec.1min. 20 sec.Bent over Row (25 lbs each hand)
  • 13 (Left and Right)
13 (Left and Right)13 (Left and Right)Sleep: 10:30pmNotes: Another great workout! Made it a point to try and smile as much as I could today! It really made me feel better! Plus, I met up with an acquaintance at Fred Myers today, and got their phone number. Woo, new friends FTW! 
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[ Battle Log: - THE LEGEND OF WILL - ]

Spoiler

 

"I can change the future!"

- Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles

 

"I still don't know what I should do. What [he's] doing isn't for his own gain. He walks the path he believes in, one step at a time. Wishing only for the happiness of those around him. I, on the other hand... I thought I didn't have a path that I could take laid out before me. But like he said, that's just running away. I must find my own path."

- Fei from Xenogears

 

"A life of adventure awaits those with the courage to step beyond their comfort zones."

- Hylian Dan from The Philosophy of The Wind Waker

 

 

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Week Two: Finding my Direction


  • (Monday - 6/16/14) Day Eight: The starry night is so beautiful...
    • Sleep: HA! Sleep, you're funny... I couldn't sleep all night, and I don't know why :fatigue:
    • Notes: As for today, it was pretty good. Tried to smile throughout today, but I just couldn't seem to work up the energy. That however, didn't keep me from thinking positive. As for sleeping though, I was laying in bed for hours not falling asleep, so I decided to read, and before I knew it, the sun was rising above the trees.

[ Battle Log: - THE LEGEND OF WILL - ]

Spoiler

 

"I can change the future!"

- Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles

 

"I still don't know what I should do. What [he's] doing isn't for his own gain. He walks the path he believes in, one step at a time. Wishing only for the happiness of those around him. I, on the other hand... I thought I didn't have a path that I could take laid out before me. But like he said, that's just running away. I must find my own path."

- Fei from Xenogears

 

"A life of adventure awaits those with the courage to step beyond their comfort zones."

- Hylian Dan from The Philosophy of The Wind Waker

 

 

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  • (Tuesday - 6/17/14) Day Nine: So tired... but must stay awake...
    • Sleep: 10:30pm
  • Notes: Forced myself to stay awake all day! I wanted to make sure I was tired by the time bed time rolled around, because I figured that if I went to sleep during the day, I'd wake up mid to late afternoon, and I wouldn't be able to fall back asleep. So I trudged through today, and you know what, it wasn't all that bad. I forced a smile on my face, and that really helped me keep a positive attitude through out the day. I even got some of the stuff I've wanted to work on done today to! It took a bit of coffee and green tea to help me get through it, but I did it regardless! Also finally got around to starting a new file on The Wind Waker HD. I've been wanting to play that game for so long (it's my favorite Zelda game, along with Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, and A Link to the Past, because of how I relate to the story, and it's history with me), but refrained because I wanted to do a challenge themed after it. But as you can see, this challenge is themed after MY adventures (well, you'll see once I get the goals and stuff up). All I'm doing is pulling titles for each day from TWW because I have nothing better to title the days after. I guess it might be themed after TWW in spirit, but only that. Whether I play the game or not doesn't matter as much as whether I put to use the lessons it teaches on my adventures. And boy does it teach a lot (so much subtext)! Again, that'll be detailed when I get my goal list up, I'm just finding that what I'm writing is LOOONG! I'm writing it more for myself, so that I can look back and remember WHY I'm doing this, not just what I want to accomplish.

[ Battle Log: - THE LEGEND OF WILL - ]

Spoiler

 

"I can change the future!"

- Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles

 

"I still don't know what I should do. What [he's] doing isn't for his own gain. He walks the path he believes in, one step at a time. Wishing only for the happiness of those around him. I, on the other hand... I thought I didn't have a path that I could take laid out before me. But like he said, that's just running away. I must find my own path."

- Fei from Xenogears

 

"A life of adventure awaits those with the courage to step beyond their comfort zones."

- Hylian Dan from The Philosophy of The Wind Waker

 

 

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  • (Wednesday - 6/18/14) Day Ten: Holy shit! I feel so much better! Sleep, I love you, I love you so much!

    • PLP 47: Complete

    • Workout: Complete

      • Squats (25 lbs each hand, 50 lbs total)

        • 13

      • 13

    • 13

  • 13

Dead Lifts (25 lbs each hand, 50 lbs total)

  • 13

13

13

13

Bench Press (25 lbs each hand)

  • 13

13

13

13

Planks

  • 1min. 20sec.

1min. 20sec.

1min. 20 sec.

1min. 20 sec.

Bent over Row (25 lbs each hand)

  • 13 (Left and Right)

13 (Left and Right)

13 (Left and Right)

13 (Left and Right)

Sleep: 1:00am (yeah, I know: one day after I finally get a good night's sleep, I muck it up. ha ha, oh well)

Notes: Holy crap! Was that workout AWESOME! After the Squats, I had to skip the Dead Lifts, so I went onto all the other exercises, and when I came back, my back felt fine. I was Supper happy, because I could finish the whole workout. For a second, I though I'd have to leave it out, but nope, just needed to switch up the order was all. Before the workout, I went on a run with a friend, so that was fun. As for the rest of today, I went around and left a few comments on NF. That's about all I can think of. Oh! And I read some more of How to Travel the World on $50 a Day, so that was fun :)

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[ Battle Log: - THE LEGEND OF WILL - ]

Spoiler

 

"I can change the future!"

- Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles

 

"I still don't know what I should do. What [he's] doing isn't for his own gain. He walks the path he believes in, one step at a time. Wishing only for the happiness of those around him. I, on the other hand... I thought I didn't have a path that I could take laid out before me. But like he said, that's just running away. I must find my own path."

- Fei from Xenogears

 

"A life of adventure awaits those with the courage to step beyond their comfort zones."

- Hylian Dan from The Philosophy of The Wind Waker

 

 

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  • (Thursday - 6/19/14) Day Eleven: A sunny day on Outset island!

    • Sleep: 11:50pm

  • Notes: Well, today is a rest day, so, I didn't move around all that much. I think I'll do one day of exercise, and two days of rest, and just keep that pattern going. I think that might work. Anyway, onto today. So, I procrastinated on pretty much everything, but I did at least procrastinate in a productive way (if that's even possible). I had watched an episode of Game Grumps where they forced themselves to play through a Teletubbies video-game, and holy crap it was hilarious! I felt that that episode would be good material for a Game Grumps animation, so I went to work drawing the key frames (which is what it'll consist of, in Game Grumps animated tradition). The whole thing isn't safe for work, due to the abundance of swearing and crude humor, but I could share it when I'm done (the video is 12min. and I have enough drawings to get to 1min. 18sec. or so) Anyways, other than that, a shirt I ordered came in today, but was way to bright of a green, so I'm sending it back. Disappointed on that front, but oh well. As for traveling stuff, still no idea where to go, so I'm giving myself the deadline of Saturday to figure out where I want to go. Then the next few days, I'll figure out how to travel to wherever I'm going (where I'll stay, paths I'll take, ect.). First trip probably won't be anything HUGE, but way bigger than anything I've done so far. Onto tomorrow :D

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[ Battle Log: - THE LEGEND OF WILL - ]

Spoiler

 

"I can change the future!"

- Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles

 

"I still don't know what I should do. What [he's] doing isn't for his own gain. He walks the path he believes in, one step at a time. Wishing only for the happiness of those around him. I, on the other hand... I thought I didn't have a path that I could take laid out before me. But like he said, that's just running away. I must find my own path."

- Fei from Xenogears

 

"A life of adventure awaits those with the courage to step beyond their comfort zones."

- Hylian Dan from The Philosophy of The Wind Waker

 

 

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  • (Friday - 6/20/14) Day Twelve: The whole island's having a party, got to help cook!
    • Sleep: 11:30pm
    • Notes: Whoa, today was crazy. So I had a volunteer thingy going on from 10am to 5pm, and man was it hectic. I was working at the concession stands today, and it was just a constant barrage of people, for hours. I had to take two short breaks due to the headache I was getting. Luckily, we made it through the day, and sold about all of our stuff. So that's good. Plus, after it was over, I noticed a girl with a Zelda T-shirt on, and went up and said hi. After a little bit of talking, I helped take down their stand (she and her family were doing concessions like my group). It was nice to be able to help out! They where all quite nice, and afterwords, I got an offer to work part time with them if I wanted (they sell ice cream). I said that I'd be traveling soon, but when I'm in the area, I wouldn't mind helping, or hanging out, so I got her phone number too. Making new friends is awesome!!! I'm gona' help out as many people as I can along my travels, so I can make tons of friends :D (plus, it feels nice helping others out)
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[ Battle Log: - THE LEGEND OF WILL - ]

Spoiler

 

"I can change the future!"

- Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles

 

"I still don't know what I should do. What [he's] doing isn't for his own gain. He walks the path he believes in, one step at a time. Wishing only for the happiness of those around him. I, on the other hand... I thought I didn't have a path that I could take laid out before me. But like he said, that's just running away. I must find my own path."

- Fei from Xenogears

 

"A life of adventure awaits those with the courage to step beyond their comfort zones."

- Hylian Dan from The Philosophy of The Wind Waker

 

 

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Sounds like you are doing great.  Where are you traveling to?

 

I'm thinking for my first trip, I should walk down to my hometown Newport Or. From what Google maps says, it should be a four day trip, but I'd bump it up to five or six to be safe (you know, because I could get lost). Now all I've got to do is see if there's any interesting stuff to do on the way down. Maybe I should make a rebel meetup thread with any major cities or towns I'd be passing though, and see if anyone would like to meet up. I don't know, just throwing out ideas :D

[ Battle Log: - THE LEGEND OF WILL - ]

Spoiler

 

"I can change the future!"

- Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles

 

"I still don't know what I should do. What [he's] doing isn't for his own gain. He walks the path he believes in, one step at a time. Wishing only for the happiness of those around him. I, on the other hand... I thought I didn't have a path that I could take laid out before me. But like he said, that's just running away. I must find my own path."

- Fei from Xenogears

 

"A life of adventure awaits those with the courage to step beyond their comfort zones."

- Hylian Dan from The Philosophy of The Wind Waker

 

 

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Sounds like you are doing a good job Will, keep it up!

 

Thanks :D

I shall continue the ass kicking :tyrannosaurus:

[ Battle Log: - THE LEGEND OF WILL - ]

Spoiler

 

"I can change the future!"

- Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles

 

"I still don't know what I should do. What [he's] doing isn't for his own gain. He walks the path he believes in, one step at a time. Wishing only for the happiness of those around him. I, on the other hand... I thought I didn't have a path that I could take laid out before me. But like he said, that's just running away. I must find my own path."

- Fei from Xenogears

 

"A life of adventure awaits those with the courage to step beyond their comfort zones."

- Hylian Dan from The Philosophy of The Wind Waker

 

 

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I'm thinking for my first trip, I should walk down to my hometown Newport Or. From what Google maps says, it should be a four day trip, but I'd bump it up to five or six to be safe (you know, because I could get lost). Now all I've got to do is see if there's any interesting stuff to do on the way down. Maybe I should make a rebel meetup thread with any major cities or towns I'd be passing though, and see if anyone would like to meet up. I don't know, just throwing out ideas :D

 

That's a great idea! :encouragement:

 

Have you ever been on longer hikes like this? I'll admit that I've only ever been on day long tours at most, so I wouldn't know how to plan or pack for a multi-day trip... :nevreness:

I mean, how do people know what they'll need and not bring any excess baggage? I imagine I'd get caught in "but what if I need THIS as well" mode and totally overload my backpack... :D

 

What kind of terrain will you encounter?

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Challenges: 14 | 13 | 12 | 11 | 10 | 9| 7 | 6 | 5 | 4 | 3 | 2 | 1

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That's a great idea! :encouragement:

 

Have you ever been on longer hikes like this? I'll admit that I've only ever been on day long tours at most, so I wouldn't know how to plan or pack for a multi-day trip... :nevreness:

I mean, how do people know what they'll need and not bring any excess baggage? I imagine I'd get caught in "but what if I need THIS as well" mode and totally overload my backpack... :D

 

What kind of terrain will you encounter?

 

Well, after checking the rout that Google maps says, it might not be a good idea to walk it. Dangerous roads with speeding cars and what not. So I'm thinking, maybe I could take the train. I'll see what cites and towns a one way trip would take me through, and see which ones I'd like to stop at. After that, I'll see what rebels I can find on the meet up page, or just check out couch surfing, and see if I can find anyone doing something fun while I'm in the area. I figure it'd be kind of boring if I'm just all alone, so I'm gona' try and make some new friends. And at the very least, I'll see if there's any cool sights I want to see.

This trip won't be all that big, just something to help me feel more confident about traveling :D

 

Oh and to answer your questions, nope, never been on a long hike before, but I figured I'm strong enough to take it. Might be in a little over my head with that idea, but you know, I'd never know until I tried. Haha, as for the backpack stuff, I've found some guides on what to bring and what not, so I'm gona' follow what they say, and hopefuly, my pack isn't too heavy :nevreness:

As for the terrain... I don't know what it'll be. I'd assume I'd be in urban areas the whole time, but while I'm visiting a city or town, it'd be nice to go off the beaten path and find some trails in the woods or something :D

Either way, you can expect plenty of exploration from me! I'll see if I can post at least one picture a day here :)

 

This is just the beginning dungeon for me, so nothing crazy... yet. That'll come in due time :pride:

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[ Battle Log: - THE LEGEND OF WILL - ]

Spoiler

 

"I can change the future!"

- Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles

 

"I still don't know what I should do. What [he's] doing isn't for his own gain. He walks the path he believes in, one step at a time. Wishing only for the happiness of those around him. I, on the other hand... I thought I didn't have a path that I could take laid out before me. But like he said, that's just running away. I must find my own path."

- Fei from Xenogears

 

"A life of adventure awaits those with the courage to step beyond their comfort zones."

- Hylian Dan from The Philosophy of The Wind Waker

 

 

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