I finished it, sadly. My one month love affair with Avatar: The Last Airbender is over. I know I didn’t write about Book 2: Earth but that’s because as soon as I finished it I dove into Fire. I had to know what was coming next!!! Let me just say that my favorite character of all the characters was Uncle Iroh followed closely by Toph. I was so happy with Iroh got his tea shop in Ba Sing Sei and was hoping that he would end up back there (which he did) because that is where he seemed happiest. He was Fire nation, but to be seemed to fit with the Earth kingdom pretty well. According to him, he learned from each of the 4 nations and in one of my favorite episodes he teaches what he has learned to Zuko:
he explains that The Fire Nation symbolizes Power and Desire, The Earth Kingdom symbolizes Endurance and Diversity, The Air Nomads symbolize Freedom from Worldly concerns and The Water Tribes symbolize Love and Community. Zuko notes that this sounds like “Avatar Stuff” Iroh tells him that it is all 4 elements in one person that give the Avatar so much power and that it can be the same for Zuko, also giving us an insight into the change in Iroh from his early life to know and why he does not aid Zuko in battling Aang. He goes on to say that he developed Lightning Redirection by studying Waterbenders. Iroh teaches Zuko the movements to redirect lightning, In one arm out the other with a very important stop through the Stomach (source).
I’d long since decided that Deeds is of the Earth kingdom. He’s very stubborn, way more than me and that’s saying something. Absolutely fixed s like a mountain; unchanging and enduring. Yes, if that isn’t
Deeds err Earth, I don’t know what is. Last night at dinner I was telling Nama that I finished the series and she asked me what element I thought I was, I told her that I thought I was air, though water was my favorite. I thought I was air almost immediately after I knew about the four elements. I knew for a fact I wasn’t fire or earth, but the choice between water and air was one I marinated on for a while. The thing is though, through my life trials or whatever you want to call it, I’ve become extremely detached from material things and people (but not in an uncaring way…in a way that I know nothing is ever really lost). Freedom is really what I see as the highest power. Freedom from things and freedom from want. I mean isn’t that what I write about all the time? Living as though I have enough? Being enough. Plus, Aang had mastered (in the swamp) his connections to other things and people around him. That is definitely me. It’s a pretty constant effort to keep people out of my body, I haven’t learned to focus my inner attention enough to find people though. Nama said she was water. I agree, even her color is water. Errmmm I’m not sure if I mentioned that I can see colors from people. Everyone emits a color, they radiate it on their skin in a way I cannot explain any more clearly than that. Nama’s color is blue-ish green like the Carribean Sea. I’m not sure if I know what each of the colors mean, but I’m sure they mean something. Maybe the red people in my life (My mother and my friend Mama B) are fire nation. They are pretty relentless when it comes to their way, and are much more prone to taking offensive stances rather than be in any kind of reaction. I’ll think more on that another day. Deeds is blue and red though. No hint of green or any other earthy color. *Shrug*
I assure you that my obsession with this cartoon is not over. It can’t possibly be over because it is. And that’s all I can say about that lol.