One of the things that REALLY bothers me about Korra’s training is how the White Lotus Society essentially isolated her and trapped her in the South Pole, and brought bending masters to train her.
And I’m gonna propose that this is one of the big reasons why Korra is so entitled and spoiled the way she is, and why she’s so ignorant and clueless about how things work in Republic City. The White Lotus took the easy way out of training her, physically, and then had the nerve to complain that she lacks restraint and spirituality?
From my understanding of the ATLA universe, Avatars-in-training GO TO THE NATION ITSELF[…]
This is why I don’t think it’s a coincidence she grasped airbending techniques during the pro-bending match. Up until then, everything has been in an artificial environment that traps her: of course she has no spirituality or concept of ‘give’. But doing something she loves, in a sort of ‘real life’ situation, of her own choice? BAM. She gets it. Because it’s REAL, and you can’t force any kind of spiritual understanding.
I mean, think about it. She’s spent her entire life training in bending. No outside friends probably. Not many other interests. And she’s done this knowing that at some point, she’s going to go out into the world and… be defined as the person who can bend all four elements! Of COURSE she reacts badly to a person decrying bending as oppressive. It’s her entire life. She’s never been exposed to that unrest, she’s never been ALLOWED exposure to it; she has no idea how to deal with the idea there could be something bad about something which, in her own words, she’s been immersed in her entire life.
She grew up in a space designed for and about her as the person central to it all. It’s a marvel that she only grew up carelessly dismissive of some things and not malicious. Korra has a big heart and a lot of compassion. She just doesn’t quite know how to put it to use in the real world yet.
I don’t know how much of this is going to be background stuff and how much will be textually addressed, but I can’t see how any of this doesn’t exist in some way, tbh.
(Like, okay, example: the scene where she takes out the thugs! In her world, everything exists as a space for her to fight in. Her purpose is fighting bad guys, and she grew up in a space that allowed room for a fair amount of destruction. So her first thought is to hit them hard and her LAST thought is collateral damage, because she’s never had to deal with that before. Boom. Well meaning, trying to do good, accidentally wrecked a shop.)
SO MUCH STUFF is going on and will be going on in the next couple of months it’s starting to stress me out a little.
I mean it’s all good stuff but I’m used to life mostly being the same with a little excitement here or there but NOPE. It’s all been piled on Feb. - May
End of February I went on a week long mission trip to Mexico
I still have to write a letter about the trip to send to all the people who I asked to help me pay for the trip
after being back home for 6 days I then went on our family vacation to Florida for 10 days, which we usually take at Christmas but this year we put off till March.
All this travel keeps making me paranoid that the people I work with are going to get angry at me for taking so much vacation time.
I am currently in a four-week period of being back before I go to Florida for 10 days AGAIN with my sister, who nannies for a family who is taking her and one guest (me) on vacation with them.
During this 4-week period I have to do as much as I can to get ready for my boyfriend coming to stay with me for 3 weeks, because when I get back from Florida I only have one more week until he arrives
getting ready includes cleaning/organizing/preparing a room that right now is storage, aka ONE BIG PILE OF BOXES AND JUNK, and making it into a guest room for him and that is a really big job although it’s way past due for being done anyway.
My parents don’t seem too enthused about helping even though 3/4 of this stuff is theirs and all of it is a mess that they made.
After I get done with that room my own bedroom is in DESPERATE need of some cleaning/organizing before it’s ready to be seen for the first time by my boyfriend.
I’m taking the first week after he arrives off so more time off that I feel guilty about even though I shouldn’t, and then after that I have to ask them to schedule me really lightly for the next two weeks while he’s here.
two days after he arrives it’s our 2 year anniversary and idk what we’re gonna do that day but it’ll be awesome.
the next day after that (a wednesday) we’re flying to Arizona for the wedding of two of our TOTES AWESOME mutual friends and we’re fllying back home the following monday.
sometime in the two weeks after that we’re making day trips to visit some other friends that live a couple hours away and to Tennessee to go to a renaissance fair. (both of which still need to be planned and whatnot)
And then there’s all the excitement/worry about travelling with strangers for my second florida trip, on top of the excitement/worry about my boyfriend meeting all my family and friends for the first time and I HOPE THEY ALL LIKE HIM AND HE LIKES THEM AND EVERYTHING IS PERFECT. :<
You guys, I’m just not used to all this stress at once. My personality does not retain stress. I am SO EXCITED for all this but it’s SO STRESSFUL.
Please be praying and/or wishing me luck for all this. I can use it.