To start this off, HAPPY 21ST BIRTHDAY SONIC THE HEDGEHOG!
Considering all the hype I caused by asking people what Sonic meant to them, naturally, people began asking what Sonic meant to ME. A lot of people know I like Sonic, for more than just his games, but not many people know the details. Not many people know how I met Sonic in the first place or why I got interested and decided to buy Sonic Colours.
And not many people (only one or two I think) know just how much Sonic has helped me through all the rough times in my life.
Just a warning, this is going to be very real. I don't care that I'm talking about a fictional character behind a glass screen. He's so much more than that.
And I hope I don't make anyone cry. I was in tears typing this. :')
I've only known Sonic for about a year and seven months, from the time Colours came out to now. I am rather late to the party. I was actually a Mario fan first, and that was the reason I knew about Sonic, because of their fierce rivalry back in the 90s. And I got into video games when I was about seven.
never really sparked my interest at first. I wasn't all that interested in playing his games. I was well aware of the series bad reputation at that point and it kinda put me off.
But I had heard about Sonic Colours, and that it was good and people liked it so far. I decided to give it a shot, just to see if I liked it or not.
I don't regret it one bit.
I could go on for hours about that game. It took my breath away. Sonic made me laugh throughout and Tails was so cute! I thought the friendship they had was so heartwarming, and thought to myself, "I want a friend like that!"
I was hooked. The gameplay was fast and frantic and the graphics were beautiful for a Wii game. And Sonic was so funny! And the music
The music was astounding.
And then I got into Sonic Unleashed and Adventure 1 and 2, furthering my growing love for the series.
Then, I began drawing Sonic, and because of him, I discovered my passion. Art. I fell in love with art and wanted to learn so much about it. I improved each day, and found many wonderful Sonic artists on DeviantART! I looked up to them all, and wanted to be like them.
And I can't thank him enough for that. Sonic helped me discover somewhere that I belong, friends I can count on and a passion I will always pursue.
a very up and down life offline. Not as rough as most people but its rough enough to drive me mental sometimes. I have family issues (not with my parents though, thankfully) and I'm very anti social. Add Asperger's on to that, and you have a recipe for disaster. I can get very down on myself at times.
I was very unaware when I was younger and got on the wrong side of MANY people. I was chastised, picked on, made fun of, betrayed
You name it. And for the longest time I felt like I couldn't trust anyone. My offline friends had moved away and moved on with life. I no longer talk to them. And the reason I dislike school is because it reminds me of what I CAN'T do.
There was a time, I will admit, where I just felt no will to live anymore.
But that's beside the point.
Because of past experiences, I wanted nothing to do with other people and thought I would never have friends. I denied friendship, in a sense.
But Sonic changed all that. It wasn't until I met that I appreciated Sonic as a character though. But she opened my eyes
and made my life so much better.
And I met DC thanks to Sonic.
DC became one of my closest friends. I'm so glad I got to discover my love for Sonic with her.
And Sonic taught me how important teamwork, kindness and friendship are. That's what makes this world go round. I'm so glad I got to celebrate Sonic's 20th. That was incredible. And now, it's his 21st. I've only been with him for a year and a half
but it feels like I've been here all this time. He's taught me so much
And I'm only 13 now. People say I'll move on, that this is just a phase I'm going through
That's a total lie. Sonic is not just a "phase". He's my hero. I will remember the lessons he's taught me for years to come.
That's what drew me in. His heart of gold, his selflessness, compassion, forgiveness
. And most importantly, his never say die attitude. I love characters who never give up, and Sonic is no exception to this. He'll always keep on running to his next adventure.
How he took Tails in, an orphaned little fox with no one to turn to.
How he forgave Shahra and Merlina, after they betrayed him.
How he's willing to do anything for his friends.
How he never gave up, despite being nearly beaten to death in Black Knight.
His cocky and silly nature in Sonic Colours.
And the fact that he can live with no regrets. That impresses me the most. I wish I could live like that. I'm working on it.
But Sonic is not just a character with a loveable personality. I look up to him because of what he stands for, and what he believes in and his unbreakable spirit.
Things like this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KTmi0…
And this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cs6dY9…
And this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUAF2u…
And the way he told Classic Sonic that his future was gonna be great
That had me in tears. Because Classic Sonic truly does have a wonderful future ahead of him. Sure, bad things happened here and there, but for Sonic, it was all just another adventure to add to his story of 21 years and counting. He didn't fixate on the bad. He just dealt with what happened, and enjoyed the rest of the adventure.
That's the reason I love him so much, in a nutshell.
I must admit, typing this is slightly embarrassing. But I know you guys have no problem with this. But when other people tease me for liking Sonic, I don't get angry. I just laugh and say: "You have NO idea."
Whenever I feel down, Sonic is always there to pick me up, and remind me that things will be okay. I CAN make it through, I CAN do this. I could take on the world with him by my side, and still feel confident. Sonic reminds me of what I CAN do. I can do it, I can make friends, I can be kind to others and I can enjoy my life to the fullest. It all comes down to ME. Life is what you make of it after all.
And Sonic enjoys his life. He's carefree.
Despite all the flaws and all the complaints and people whining Sonic isn't good anymore
Well, do you expect things to be PERFECT? I mean, come on. Some complaints are true and justified but don't hate on something just for the sake of it.
They don't know what they're missing anyway.
Whenever I think of him, my heart races and everything comes into my mind at once. All his adventures, triumphs, laughs and joys
but also the hardships and fact that he always made it through. And all the friends he made and adventures he got to share with them. All the wonderful, beautiful places he visited, the magnificent sites he got to see
I also adore his appreciation for nature. You'll always see him in a beautiful place and the games show that.
I am well aware Sonic is not perfect as a character. But that just makes me love him even more. I can't stand protagonists who are perfect and have no flaws to them. That's boring.
For a video game character, Sonic has so much depth to his personality. From the obvious things, like his never give up attitude, to the more not-so-obvious things, like his love of music and fear of water
It just makes up the wonderful tapestry that is his character.
He's impatient. He's silly. He can be very cocky sometimes. He rushes in without a second thought, and that often gets him into trouble. He doesn't like water.
But I love it. It makes him feel more human and relatable. I LOVE characters that I can relate to.
Heroes are people too.
I don't know what I'd do without him and the friends he's given me.
Speaking of friends, I also ADORE Tails. And I adore him for simple fact that I can relate to him so well. He's shy but always tries his best. He was picked on for being different but Sonic was there, and helped him through it. He's smart. He lacked confidence. And I see myself in him.
Sonic is inspirational beyond belief. I have met plenty of characters that I love, but Sonic was different. He gives me hope, for a better tomorrow. He calms my nerves when I'm angry. I just think, "What would Sonic do?" And that helps me.
And even my little plushie helps me. I feel content with him. In a way, I feel safe.
That was embarrassing.
And then there's the topic of music. It's always been awesome, and I fell in love with it. I never used to appreciate music until Sonic came along. The music of the games
It's inspiring, beautiful, fast paced
Whenever I hear it, I get so excited and want to run around until I can't anymore.
ESPECIALLY THESE TWO: www.youtube.com/watch?v=F54YnD…
And what makes Live Life even better is the fact that it sounds like Sonic himself is singing it.
Sonic is just such an amazing role model. I look up to him. He's so much better than what passes for a role model these days. And
I really like him, if you know what I mean here.
"I'll never look back, I've got no regrets. 'Cause time don't wait for me. I choose to go my own way."
"Don't just sit there and waste your precious time. When you want to do something, do it right away. Do it while you can. It's the only way to live a life without regrets."
"What you see is what you get, just a guy who loves adventure. I'm Sonic the Hedgehog!"
"Nothing starts until you take action."
"You gotta be true to yourself."
"Do I need a reason to want to help out a friend?"
"I guess I can't be the hero every time."
"It was never about chivalry for me
I just gotta do what I gotta do, that's all!"
"My stories only end when I stop running."
"Every world has its end. I know that's kinda sad but
that's why we've gotta live life to the fullest in the time we have. At least, that's what I figure."
"An adventure's no fun if it's too easy."
Sonic doesn't care what others think. He's gonna fight for his own way, and his own beliefs, forget what others say or think. It doesn't matter to him. But he will always stop to help someone in need.
And I think he did that for me.
You're stuck to my heart like how the Pink Spikes get stuck to a wall. I'll be with you until the end. I can't wait to watch your journey through life, your epic adventure and spell binding story. I hope future generations love you as much as I do. You're part of MY journey through life. And that will never change. I will always remember you as my first and favourite childhood hero.
I look up to you, because despite everything you go through on a daily basis, you can still live life, forgive others, smile, never give up, laugh and be kind to everyone you meet. And most importantly, never stop running. I'm sure we can all learn from that, right?
You are so selfless and giving
If I can be half the incredible person you are, I know I'm doing something right.
I hope I can pass on your wisdom and keep your legacy alive for future generations to come. Your story is too good to keep hidden and it deserves to be told and passed down.
I just wish you could see this. I owe you so much. I could never repay you for everything you've done. I hope this journal entry does you justice.
And I hope that being your loyal fan is enough payment for all that you've done for me.
And you can't stop here. Not after all the lives you've changed. Not after all the things you've done. You're gonna go far, Sonic. I can see it. You have to keep on running. You can't give up.
But knowing you, it doesn't need to be said twice.
And I'm honoured, knowing that I got to share my life with you. That I got to have my own adventure, with you by me side. I'm so happy I'll be able to say I grew up with you.
And I'm so glad I got to discover who I am with you. Who I can be. I got to discover all the good in me. For the longest time, I saw nothing but negativity with who I was. You made me see that I can be a good person. I can be kind. I can forgive.
It's like what Chip said in Sonic Unleashed. I'm so glad I got the chance to discover all that with you.
I got to find my passion, my friends and myself thanks to you.
You've taught me so much. How to move on. How to forgive. How to live my life, so I can enjoy it. How to appreciate everything I have. My friends. My freedom. My life.
And how to love.
You are so much more than just a video game mascot. You're a hero. You're my hero, my guardian angel. A beloved hedgehog with a steadfast heart of gold.
You've left a permanent mark on my heart and on my life.
I'm so glad I took your hand when I had the chance.
Thank you for giving me hope. Thank you for giving me another chance. Thank you for teaching me everything you know. Thank you for being who you are.
I'll catch up to you one day. Wait for me, okay?
Enjoy your 21st. You've earned this.
Thank you, Sonic the Hedgehog.
I love you.