Recently I have found that writing is really good for me on a mental health level, and I like feeling mentally healthy...er? I feel like this platform is the correct one to share this kind of stuff on. Last night this idea came to me, and so I am now writing this very journal. Anyway, let's get to it.
From the very first appearance of Nora Valkyrie at the start of Episode 4 of Volume 1 of RWBY, I immediately loved Nora and had found my absolute favourite character in the show. Reasons are as follows:
1 - Clearly Nora is a morning person
2 - Nora is super happy and upbeat
3 - Nora has that social awkwardness that I feel we can all identify with
4 - Nora has an attitude of "have fun, be mature only when necessary"
As Volume 2 goes on, we see a little glimpse of what the backstory of Nora and Ren would be, and we get a real big hint in the start of Volume 3 when Nora has a moment of pure anxiety about losing the fight they were going to have. Then in Volume 4 we see Nora and Ren's backstory (as well as their relationship progress). We have seen how Nora was scared and alone, but she didn't let that keep her down, she went from being scared to being the most high energy character in all of RWBY (and that is saying something). I truly identify with this, because I had a not great childhood, and less than stellar teenage years, and a certainly room for improvement adulthood thus far, but through it all, I have always tried to remain happy, high energy, do whatever I feel is fun and right in spite of people calling me immature. It has always been something that I have pondered in how different people react to negative situations, see, I reacted to the things that went on in my childhood in an absolutely opposite way, people hurt me physically, mentally and emotionally, I don't ever want to hurt anyone, in fact, I fear accidently hurting people in one way or another. I spent a uncounted number of days sad, now I try to live every second happier than the last. I grew up in a very broken family, I want nothing more to have a healthy family. I grew up with alcoholism affecting people close to me, yet I don't drink. Then you look at my late older sister, she chose to go down the path of alcohol, drugs, the same and worse types of people in relationships. And that hurts on a deep level, it hurts in an indescribable way.
I suppose in a closing, I was always drawn to Nora because she was everything I wanted to be in life (minus the killing and leg breaking) and that fondness was only strengthened as we learnt more about Nora's backstory.