Think about this for a few moments. Azula chose two non-benders for her “small, elite team”. To me, this illustrates better than anything that non-benders can be strong and powerful, even without bending. Azula of all people recognized this.
Let that sink in.
To be fair, that probably is part of why she chose them, but I think there was some degree of non-bender prejudice in her choosing them. We know Azula is very calculating in making herself the most powerful person in any situation. I think she most likely thought, yes, Mai and Ty Lee ARE incredibly good fighters… But as a bender, I have the advantage over them, and if they betray me or overstep their bounds at all, I can easily take them out. Making them the perfect teammates.
Wherever perfectionism is driving, shame is riding shotgun. Perfectionism is not about healthy striving, which you see all the time in successful leaders, it’s not about trying to set goals and being the best we can be, perfectionism is basically a cognitive behavioral process that says if I look perfect, work perfect, and do everything perfectly, I can avoid shame, ridicule, and criticism. It’s a defense mechanism.
"Why Doing Awesome Work Means Making Yourself Vulnerable"
So, I’ve been waiting for someone to explain this extremely simple concept to me my entire life.
Hooooly shit I needed to read this article.
By popular request: Starkid meets ATLA
Cactus Juice (Avatar: The Last Airbender cocktail)
2 oz Midori
.5 oz Coconut rum
.5 oz Absinthe
Directions: Mix alcoholic ingredients in a tall glass over ice. Fill with club soda and stir. Drink and quench your thirst.
“Drink cactus juice! It’ll quench your thirst. It’s the quenchiest. Nothing’s quincehier!” -Sokka
Drink created and photographed by Mitch Hutts of The Drunken Moogle.
“Now you try.”
Because my bestie made a tweet that made me have feels.
“While watching Legend of Korra, I can’t help but think “M. Night SHYMALAMA DING DONG, DON’T YOU DARE TOUCH THIS TOO. DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT.”
What’s funny is that beyond the poor acting and shitty screenwriting, the reason The Last Airbender was so bad was that it was completely racist
AND SO PEOPLE RETALIATE BY CALLING SHYAMALAN THIS TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY RACIST NAME
God this moment. This fucking moment right here.
I can’t take it. I really can’t.
This is kind of a crowning moment for both Sokka AND Azula. This is where you really understand the lengths that she will go to mentally fuck with someone and get what she wants. And just how unbelievably cunning she is. THIS is why she’s one of the most powerful people in the series.
She single-handedly haulted the Avatar’s efforts to defeat Ozai, not just without bending, but without fighting. AT ALL.
This is the exact moment where I decided she is legitimately a sociopath. At least until her break down, when something snaps and she finally allows herself to feel something.
And Sokka… This is the moment you realize just how much he DOES love Suki and how caring a person he is in general. He’s not just comic relief, he’s got passions and is as full of very serious love as any of the other characters, that he’ll let the whole victory pass him by to get any closer to saving one person that he truly cares about.
Fuck. Damnit. I can’t wait until the LOK characters reach this kind of development.
You guys know that feeling when you look back at pictures of like your grandma or people that you know are completely ancient from when they were kids
And just, you’re looking at it, and they obviously look like a young kid, but there’s just this sense that you only know this person as an old person so they still look really old to you in the photos
and of course their hair and clothing style are old-fashioned too so it aids that authentic, aged feeling to everything
I’m legitimately starting to get that exact feeling looking at Katara from the original series.
Like I’m looking at my grandma’s high school photo or something.