Peer vs Self-Validation
I watched “Wreck-It Ralph” for the first time on Wednesday. The story is about a “bad guy” (Wreck-It Ralph) who deserts his arcade game to prove that he’s not so bad after all and has what it takes to be a good guy. Throughout the movie he searches for a hero’s medal, which he believes will help him be accepted by his peers in the arcade community.
I liked the messages in the film about how we should not let others’ labels or views define or hold power over us. We are all too complex and multidimensional to be simplified or put in a box. Ralph may play the role of a “bad guy” for his video game, but there is more to him than that and he shouldn’t be restricted to this role. What he believes about himself and how he personally identifies is much more important than what others believe or think about him.
Of course, I can relate to this message because this story has a lot of parallel elements with how my Project came about. I didn’t like how the “shy” label was imposed on me and how restricted I felt in my actions and pursuits. This project was my journey in shedding this label and allowing myself to discover who I really am and what I am capable of when I put my mind to it. In the end, I learned that I was much more capable than I believed, and that although I may continue to feel shy in certain situations, it doesn’t have to define me or hold me back. Sharing these experiences made me feel very vulnerable, but the benefits were enormous and allowed me to connect with others on a much deeper and meaningful level than I had ever been able to before. Since I could relate to Wreck-It Ralph, I especially enjoyed this story of self-discovery and breaking free of labels. What did you think of the film and what messages did you get out of it?