what's your favorite thing about zen? 👀
I can’t pick one, but here are the two main things that sparked my interest:
- I find his contradictions very endearing and humane. He’s strong and inspiring but also a lot more ridiculous and goofy than he realizes. He can be aggressive, petty and naggy, but he can definitely be an insightful, emotionally intelligent adult too. He comes off as cocky, but he obivously has a fragile ego.
- He has made some brave choices when he could just bow his head and live a more comfortable (albeit unsatisfying) life. He decided to take risks and he put incredible effort into improving his skills and working towards his goal without the privilege of his family’s emotional/economic support. He worked several jobs during school and lived alone since a young age. He failed, got fired, failed again… he’s driven and passionate and relentless - that’s the definition of “talent”, imho.
I have quit for much less. He’s fictional, but I’ve met people in real life who are just like him (and promptly forgot it’s possible to be like them because taking full responsibility for my success AND failures is so, so scary!).
Zen came in as an eye-opener, a powerful reminder when I really needed one.
I rarely crush on/lust after fictional characters, but to sum it all up Zen is just the perfect blend of inspiring, silly and believable. I have chosen to mostly celebrate the naughty aspect of my interest for Zen here, but that interest is definitely borne of the traits I described above :3