Top 5 Important Lessons From Avatar: The Last Airbender
Avatar: The Last Airbender is a brilliant animated kids show that originally aired on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008. This show features characters that can control and bend the four elements Earth, fire, water or air with the Avatar being the only person who can control all four elements being the bridge between the human and spiritual world.
With Netflix announcing that they are making a live-action series based on this show, there is a lot for them to live up to as fans are terrified that there will be another repeat of The Last Airbender live-action movie by M. Night Shyamalan. Though this show is made for kids the story and animation is one that fans of any age can enjoy with important life lessons that the show teaches.
Keep reading to discover five important lessons that Avatar: The Last Airbender has taught its fans.
#5 – Embrace Who You Are
When we first meet Aang, the Avatar, he lies about who he is because he does not want to be the Avatar and have the responsibilities that come along with it. Aang even says that he tried to run away from who he really is.
This show teaches kids to embrace who they really are and even if there are parts of them that they do not like about themselves, those parts are what make them unique. It’s the part of you that no one else has that you need to learn to accept and love who you are meant to be.
#4 – Be There For People In Need
Throughout the series of Avatar: The Last Airbender, the creators of the show, let kids see what war does to people on both sides of it. It is when Katara, who is a waterbender, sees a town of the enemy that is in need when she realizes she needs to do something about it. Katara then pretends to be the river spirit, The Painted Lady, and helps the town by healing their sick residents, bringing food to them, and ultimately destroying a factory that is polluting their river.
Though these people that Katara helped are a village of the enemy, she realizes that those people are just a byproduct of war and they needed help.
#3 – Disabilities Are Not Downfalls
Fans of movies and T.V. shows are constantly wanting their favorite shows to add more diverse characters and with Avatar: The Last Airbender, the show creators added a blind character, Toph, in season two. In the show, Toph is only treated special and different by her conservative parents, but when she is with her true friends many times people even forget that she is blind.
Of course, the show mentions that she is blind when we first meet her, but they make sure that this does not define her. And fans get to see throughout the series that Toph ends up becoming one of the best Earthbenders of all time despite her disabilities.
#2 – No One Is Truly Good Or Bad
Avatar: The Last Airbender is also known for having some of the best character development in television history. In the first season, the show introduces Zuko, who is trying to capture the Avatar to restore his honor. Even though on the surface Zuko seems evil at the end of the series he is helping the Avatar help restore peace in the world.
The show constantly reminds viewers that anyone can make wrong choices and that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are a bad person. Many times it just means that they are confused and just need some guidance. So the next time you meet someone you think is bad, talk to them more and give them a chance to show you who they really are.
#1 – Make People Laugh
One of the most important lessons that this show teaches children is to live in the moment and make people around you laugh. We see time and time again that even though Aang is just a teenager that he is a powerful force to be reckoned with. There are times in the show where in the Avatar state that he is able to wipe out whole warships or cause havoc to save the people he cares about. Yet at the end of the day with all of this power he has, he chooses to make people smile and laugh with his bending abilities. Remember that no matter where you go in life to use what you have to make others smile and laugh just like Aang.