When I was a teenager I was probably a little bit too obsessed with the idea that I was secretly an RPG hero. I was the protagonist and one day I’d stop sitting around and save the world. Well that never happened, but I did eventually write a song about it!
Have you ever fantasized about being an RPG hero? Saving the world, going on adventures, living in another age? Imagined being the perfect person that you could never be in the real world, and how much more simple life could be surrounded by dungeons an dragons. Maybe it was saving princess Zelda, maybe it was becoming a Pokemon master or maybe it was preventing the end of the world? In my days as an insecure teenager I wanted to believe that I had some kind of unknown higher calling beyond the inadequacies of my personal life. In lots of video games, movies and books the hero comes from an ordinary background but then finds out that they are an entirely different person. They must reach their destiny.
In hindsight there were times that I probably believed in this a little too much for my own good. Times I spent daydreaming that I should have spent setting goals and achieving them. Wanting to be a hero and waiting for it to happen without actually doing anything to make it happen. It’s also a really selfish outlook on life. That you’re the “main character” in someone’s story that revolves around you. That’s what this song is about.
This philosophy unravels when things don’t work out the way they do in our dreams, but that’s part of what growing up is about. The real world is much more complex than any fantasy RPG. Though it’s impossible to be a one-dimensional RPG hero like Link, Ash or Cloud, it’s noble to want to leave an impact on the world. To do the best you can and to be a positive force to your own small group of people.