Today marks 9 years since the first two episodes of Avatar: the Last Airbender premiered on Nickelodeon on February 21st, 2005. I was 10 years old at the time, and I still remember sitting on my couch on that exact day, asking my Mom if I could watch TV. I loosely followed Avatar through Book 1, but it wasn’t until Book 2 that it really begun to have the impact on my life that is still present today.
It’s impossible to put into words how much this show has done for me. Every singe time I try to type something like this out, I feel like it doesn’t even come close to accurately conveying my complete and utter love and gratitude, so I’ll just try to sum things up: I can honestly say that I would not be the same person I am today if it weren’t for Avatar. The characters and the themes shaped my outlook on the world, and helped me realize what kind of person I wanted to be. Avatar was there for me when no one else was. It provided a window of imagination and escape during several really, really hard times, and brought me even more happiness during good times.
10 years old to (almost) 20 years old is a huge and important time in a person’s life. You’re constantly changing and evolving and discarding old things in favor of new ones. So I think it says a lot that despite all that, here I am today, still in just as much awe and wonder of the magic of this show that I was when I watched that first episode 9 years ago today.