11 Things I Learned from Pokémon

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Pokémon came out when I was in high school. I wasn’t the target audience, but I was drawn to the characters, the monsters that fit in my pocket, and the adventures and hijinks they got into together every day.

A cynical person will say that cartoons are meant for kids. But a great cartoon brings joy to anyone who watches it and teaches you something new about yourself.

I’ve been binge-watching the Pokémon show over the past few months because they offered a channel through Amazon Prime. For the cost of a Kindle, I have unlimited access to episodes whenever I want. I’m about halfway through the Unova episodes.

With this unfettered access, I began to look deeper at the stories the show was trying to tell. I’ve gained a deeper appreciation in my old age (ha!) for those ideas and thoughts that I walked away from after the first season because I had moved onto the next big thing.

The list….

  1. Bad guys get what’s coming to them, even if they’re persistent.
James, Meowth, and Jessie of Team Rocket
James, Meowth, and Jessie of Team Rocket

2. Sometimes, you don’t know your own strength and that’s okay.

3. There’s always something going on that you can participate in.

The Sumo Conference in Rikishii Town, Johto.
The Sumo Conference in Rikishii Town, Johto.

4. It takes some time to find your place in life but look at it from a different view and you’ll find it.

May / Haruka, Ash’s traveling companion and Coordinator from Hoenn.

5. Your journey is always “to be continued.”

to be continued….

6. Never give up, never surrender.

7. Never underestimate a great meal with friends.

Cilan from Unova cooking for everyone.
Cilan from Unova cooking for everyone.

8. You can’t win ‘em all but you can have fun and have adventures while doing it.

Kanto League: top 16; Johto League: top 8; Hoenn League: top 8; Sinnoh League: top 4; Unova League: top 8; Kalos: second place
Kanto League: top 16; Johto League: top 8; Hoenn League: top 8; Sinnoh League: top 4; Unova League: top 8; Kalos: second place

9. You can learn something from everyone you meet.

Tracey's Scyther bids goodbye to his swarm.
Tracey’s Scyther bids goodbye to his swarm.

10. Use your skills for good.

One of Team Rocket's Meowth inspired mechas.
One of Team Rocket’s Meowth inspired mechas.

11. You might not like aspects of your job but you still have a job to do.

Lake Lucid's Nurse Joy
Lake Lucid’s Nurse Joy, from The Joy of Water Pokémon (EP206).

Did you have a cartoon or anime from your child where you learned something about yourself? Let me know in the comments.

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