What it means to be a Gryffindor
In honor of Gryffindor Pride day, here’s some of what I think it means to be a Gryffindor.
The stereotypical assumptions are that we’re reckless and don’t think of the consequences to our actions. They think we’re all brave and loud and social. Stubborn to a fault and always seeking adventure or looking for a fight.
But what does it mean to really be a Gryffindor? And why do so many people think that’s a bad thing?
Being a Gryffindor means accepting that sometimes we are the stereotype of “I will fight” but only because we value the cause and doing what is right. It means having the courage to face our fears and stomping them down because no one harms anyone I love or shoots them down. It means fierce loyalty born from a deep trust. It means being stubborn because no you are not going to walk all over my opinion I listened to you now you also need to give me that courtesy. It means speaking up when you don’t think something is right, and defending your point or a person, even when no one expects it. It means thinking with your heart, even when your brain is telling you no. It means doing things spur of the moment, like going on a late night drive to stargaze or joining that class or deciding to spend the night in to watch that movie that’s been in your queue for months. It means being social to the extent we feel okay. Sometimes that’s in a large crowd, other times it’s with a small group of friends through video chat with random bursts of laughter and long conversations.
Being a Gryffindor is like spending the day outside in spring by the beach. Where the sun warms and energizes you, and then makes you sleepy after a long day of enjoying yourself. It’s like taking a roadtrip with your closest friends, singing along to the radio and making memories, even when the day is starting to wind down and one person has dozed off, the others looking out the window and remembering the day they’ve had.
Being a Gryffindor doesn’t mean not caring about what we do. It’s caring enough to know what requires our attention and deciding what we value to spend our energy on. It’s cherishing the moments we have and not getting too caught up.
It is accepting who you are, even if it takes some time and can last moments. It is finding the courage to say “Yeah, this is me. And I’m a Gryffindor.”