“Whatever will be, will be.”
A lot of people write Zelos off as someone shallow, unmeaningful, and careless about life. But when I played through Tales of Symphonia for the first time, back when I was 13, it was almost as though I was staring at myself. I could completely relate to wearing masks, feeling alienated from others, feeling forced to shape myself into social roles; and sometimes it felt like life was too stifling to move forward with.
Yet when I encountered those words, it really changed me. Despite Zelos chanting that it was his mantra, I felt like he never realized the deep implications of what those five words really meant. I realized that it meant so much more than accepting hardship. It means that some things happen we cannot change, or cannot avoid, and this is a natural occurrence. It means that while sometimes we can’t dodge unpleasant happenings, we can face them head on, and move forward from them. Most of all, it means not to regret what happens in the past, but to move forward into the future. Whatever happens to us can’t be changed, so we might as well come to terms with it and get on with our lives instead of dwelling on regret. That’s what it means to me, and I honestly don’t know where I’d be without Zelos’s wise words. Whatever will be, will be.
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