What Is Cosplay And Why Is It So Great?

What Is Cosplay And Why Is It So Great?

Why You Should Try Cosplay
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When you hear the word cosplay, there are several things that could be going through your mind. For example, you might be thinking, “I don’t even know what that is.” Another thought could be, “That’s that weird dress-up stuff that nerds do, right?” If you are like me, you’re thinking, “I love cosplay! Can I please cosplay everything?”

Let me take a moment to explain exactly what cosplay is and why I find it so wonderful. The word cosplay comes from the term costume play. It’s basically where people take their favorite characters and dress up like them, bringing them to life. One cool thing about cosplay is that you can take these characters any direction you want; cosplay is a fun way to express your creativity .

When it comes to deciding what to cosplay there are many directions you could go. You could do a genderbend - this just means to change the gender of a character. For example, I am a lady, but I‘ve always wanted to cosplay Hades from Disney’s Hercules. He’s one of my favorite villains. Redesigning the characters to fit you as a cosplayer is part of the fun. There are limitless possibilities to where you can take a cosplay and the cosplay community is generally very accepting to any and all cosplayers. We’re all just out to have a good time and show our love for our favorite characters.

One of the best parts about cosplay is going to conventions. Many of you have probably heard of Comic-Con. That is one of the larger conventions. Cosplay can be an expensive hobby, but it doesn’t have to be. You can get supplies from thrift shops to save money and go to smaller cons; either way, you’ll have a good time. Conventions are a great place to meet new people and make friends. It’s pretty easy to find someone with similar interests at cons. If you see someone dressed up like Frodo Baggins it’s probably safe to assume that they are a fan of Lord of the Rings. Maybe that’s something you have in common with that person. Conventions are a great place to show your nerd love for things and not be judged. Just go and enjoy yourself. Show off your cosplay skills and admire the work of others. You’ll have a great time.

Cosplay is also a great thing to do with your friends. Group cosplays can be all kinds of fun. Maybe you and your ladies have always wanted to be Disney Princesses. Do it. Make your dreams come true. You can make all kinds of fun memories that way. Dress up as Mario and his gang and go racing around a park like Mario Cart. Cosplay anywhere. You can also use cosplay to help others. Many cosplayers dress up in their characters and visit kids in hospitals. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to bring a character to life for another person. The main goal of cosplay is to have a good time and there are so many ways to do that.

Don’t be intimidated by the idea of having to make your own costume, because first off, you don’t have to! Buy a costume if you like. And second, cosplay is a skill you can grow in. I love looking at comparison pictures of people’s first cosplays and where they are now. It gives me some hope for where I can take my cosplays. I’m still a relatively young cosplayer. I’ve only done about three, but it’s something I’ve fallen in love with.

There are many benefits to cosplay. You can gain some new skills, make some new friends, create wonderful memories, help others, and express your creativity. Cosplay is for anyone and everyone, so don’t be afraid to try it.

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To the guy that shot my brother...

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To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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