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Instead, I Ride Dragons

July 16, 2015
By KatalyticReaction GOLD, Frisco, Texas
KatalyticReaction GOLD, Frisco, Texas
17 articles 1 photo 8 comments

Favorite Quote:
"We need more completely sane people doing completely crazy things.” -Hank Green

Most of my life is lived inside of my head.

I don’t do sports. I don’t hang out with my friends on the weekends. I don’t go to the mall after school.

Instead, I ride dragons.

In fact, I become a dragon.

I breathe fire. I freeze towns. I destroy mountains, and I save the world once or twice or every day.

Inside my head, I am witty.

I can deliver speeches on the spot, complete with confidence and clever remarks. I can construct arguments so solid and irrefutable that everyone is left speechless and in awe. I can be so cool that the melting polar ice caps wouldn’t be a problem anymore. I can write essays that blow everyone else out of the water. I can jump through a window to save someone from a burning building and land perfectly safe on the concrete sidewalk hundreds of feet below me. I can- well, you know.

I can do everything, inside my head.

And out here, in the world that is real?

What can I do here?

There are no dragons to ride, and I cannot be a dragon.

I can’t breathe fire or freeze towns or destroy mountains or save the world even once.

I can’t be witty.

I can’t do speeches, written beforehand or not, with bravado and brilliant one-liners. My arguments are like the Titanic; no matter how wonderfully built and well-constructed they are, I only end up driving them into icebergs and sinking them. I am not cool, because I am not a dragon. My essays take forever, and at best, they are average. I would most likely die of smoke inhalation before successfully rescuing somebody from a burning building, or at least die from hitting concrete after jumping from a window hundreds of feet up.

I can’t really do anything, much less everything, here in the world that is real.

So, instead, I ride dragons.

The author's comments:

This is me, being an introvert.

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This article has 6 comments.

JRaye PLATINUM said...
on Aug. 9 2015 at 8:57 pm
JRaye PLATINUM, Dorr, Michigan
43 articles 10 photos 523 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you build your house far enough away from Trouble, then Trouble will never find you."

"Have you ever looked fear in the face and said, 'I just don't care.'?"

You, KatalyticReaction, are my hero. :) I myself am more of an ambivert, but I can very much relate to this! This is such an uplifting, inspiring, imagination-fueling piece.

Beila BRONZE said...
on Aug. 3 2015 at 9:27 pm
Beila BRONZE, Palo Alto, California
3 articles 0 photos 516 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." -Mark Twain

The entire piece is perfectly written, from the fantastic title to the flow between paragraphs. This is so true--I wish every introvert in the world could read this. One of my friend's favorite quotes: "We read to know we're not alone." By that criteria, this piece is exceptionally worthy of being read. Beautiful.

Hypnos BRONZE said...
on Aug. 2 2015 at 2:38 pm
Hypnos BRONZE, Santa Fe, New Mexico
3 articles 0 photos 5 comments

Favorite Quote:
Ships are but boards, sailors but men.

I can so relate

on Aug. 1 2015 at 7:30 pm
SomeoneMagical PLATINUM, Durham, New Hampshire
22 articles 1 photo 259 comments
Great piece! Thanks for your comment on my article;) good job. Deserves the check mark!

on Aug. 1 2015 at 1:42 pm
Qudsia PLATINUM, Aligarh, Other
26 articles 0 photos 39 comments

Favorite Quote:
bravest of you are not those who can defeat a lion but the ones who can defeat anger

Almost my own story

on Aug. 1 2015 at 9:42 am
Ray--yo PLATINUM, Kathmandu, Other
43 articles 2 photos 581 comments

Favorite Quote:
God Makes No Mistakes. (Gaga?)
"I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right." -Liesel Meminger via Markus Zusac, "The Book Thief"

Yes! Your writing is really... cool.. Stay awesome :D