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Old 12-08-2012, 06:40 AM
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There are many people - on here, on other sites, and probably others not on any Avatar site - who know that their lives were changed with this movie.

Some felt an urgency to become stewards of the earth. Some decided to seek out and explore fragments of Pandora on this planet as much as they could. Some wanted to learn more about indigenous cultures here and their plight. Some wanted to escape the modern "skyperson" lifestyle. Some looked at their bodies and felt a need to get in a stronger, Na'vi-like shape. Some felt amorous passions within and resolved to look out for someone to truly love. And I'm sure some set other goals for themselves that I haven't listed here. We all know that Avatar's effects are widely-ranged.

If you felt any sort of inspiration (or any effects at all) that stemmed out of Avatar, then my question here is for you:

How are you doing?

That is to say, how is your life going after everything you felt? Have you made progress on any goals you might have made? Have you completely achieved any? Have you failed on some for the time being? Have the movie's effects continued to stay with you as we approach the passage of three years since its release, or have they faded away for you (and do you find that this is a good thing or a bad thing)?

I'm just curious, because I've always felt amazement at how this one film has affected so many people around the world so deeply. And now I just want to get a gauge on ourselves, hear what's up with people, and see how lasting these effects are. This is something I've been wondering for several months now, but I wanted to wait on making it a thread until the three-year anniversary of the film's release got close.
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Old 12-08-2012, 07:36 AM
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This is quite a cool thread, let me be the first to answer

Great, I suppose would be the answer to your question. I don't know about other folks here but yes Avatar remains a guiding light in my life even after all this time. I have secured an enjoyable outdoor job with nice people which also benefits Earth, adopted as many 'green' habits around the home as I can which drives my parents up the wall, but it's for the greater good Eating more healthily, getting out into nature areas frequently. I recently helped plant a new forest in my county which is being created to celebrate the queen's jubilee. That was a fine day, and Eywa must have approved because it was sunny clear blue skies all day, in England, in Autumn. It's being created over 3 years, but still I had a part in it and those trees will outlive me.

I also really want to set up an eco-village of sorts with some of the folks here, although a few members appear to have gone AWOL Still with every day working, my funds for such plans become greater.

How have you been doing empty glass?

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Old 12-08-2012, 12:09 PM
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Being part Native American, and having been raised a good piece of my life on a Reservation, I have been brought up in the "ways", both as a skill set, and as a Spiritual way of life. As a result, the movie didn't teach me any new things, but it DID restore my hope that non-natives in large numbers WERE "GETTING IT" about the ecological state of the mother.
When I saw Jim Cameron "walking the walk", not just talking the talk with his personal lifestyle, it made me feel a lot better, that some whites ARE catching on to the Gravity of the situation.

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Old 12-09-2012, 06:27 AM
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Glad you like the thread, Silver Stag. Sounds like things are indeed going great for you. Awesome about that forest!

Well, this past summer I finally achieved my bucket list dream of hiking the entire John Muir Trail in California. Twenty days of walking through mountains with barely any traces of civilization made for an incredibly beautiful and sometimes even surreal experience. (The mountains don't float there but honestly, I would look around and wonder, "How is this place even real?") Going on that trip also forced me to be more efficient and more mindful of the resources I use, particularly water. It's a practice I still try to keep today.

I also eat as healthily as I can and give myself some walks around the natural areas close to me. And I've discovered that I really enjoy barefoot running. I used to run because I felt obligated to exercise, but after taking my shoes off and running around a grass field, I found that now I was running because it was just plain enjoyable for me.

I feel, however, like I should be doing something more large-scale for the environment in general. I pick up trash whenever I find it in natural areas, I stay very conscious of my energy and water usage, but I still feel like I have a responsibility to do more. Problem is, there's really just so much s*** going on in the world, and I wonder "What can one guy like me do against all that?" That's what led me to think that maybe I can't do global, large-scale things on my own, but I can be more proactive in my locale. Hence I volunteered at a local food bank for several months last year. There are problems all over the world that need fixing, but also problems right where my home is so why not help out with what's closest to me. I admit I'm not stopping rising ocean acidity or taking carbon out of the atmosphere, but I figure it's better than doing nothing.

Avatar is still on my mind a lot three years later, and so I might post more once I collect some more of my thoughts together.

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As a result, the movie didn't teach me any new things, but it DID restore my hope that non-natives in large numbers WERE "GETTING IT" about the ecological state of the mother.
Good. I'd like to think and hope that more and more people will continue to "get it"...hopefully sooner rather than later...

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Old 12-10-2012, 08:21 AM
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Well this seems as good a thread as ever to throw in my comment, being that I havent done so in a long while.

Since I saw the movie, I had a very specific direction I wanted to go. I did not want to enter corporate world. I wanted to give up on things and travel into unique places, I wanted to partake in things that would change the world.

Now am I doing this? Not quite. When I initially watched Avatar, it moved me. I could not stop thinking about it for the longest time. I would go back and watch the movie over and over. Now I havent seen it in so long I cant even remember the last time. I was also depressed at that time in my life and am now coming out of it I feel. I was lost during that time and am slowly finding my place.

I have found in one way that I resorted back to how I was before. In certain types of interest and desires. However, I have also found myself more willing to be acceptant of others, in caring for the earth, in volunteering for projects. I feel I have become a better person. I even added on a minor to my degree that I wish I had done earlier to make a double major. Now is the real test though. I graduate college this week on Friday. I make my move into the real world. I have not given up on my desire to see the world. Sure I may not be able to travel everywhere in one fail swoop but I can visit place by place and who knows maybe along the way I will have partner to share the journeys with.

Since I feel like what I have written above is gibberish. Let me explain as simply as possible. Before Avatar, I was lost and felt no direction of where I was to go, only what people expected of me. After the movie I began to want the complete opposite of what anyone expected and now I have melded the two together to really find what it is that I want. It has helped me out in discovering what I really find important and myself as a unique individual.

...still not sure if that made any sense or answers the question at all haha

Anyways, another old members post on FB is was prompted my little visit here so hopefully I will remember to come check by more frequently.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:04 PM
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Avatar just made me more optimistic about the future in general. I'm not sure if it actually changed my future for the better, since Avatar was one of the reasons I stayed in Film (everyone feel free to throw bricks at me) and I haven't had all the best luck with that and often wish I had been a bio major or some kind of environmental thing. I do think more carefully about my future now, and I think that's somewhat thanks to Avatar.
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:24 PM
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Not bad, overall, even if in a different way to how I might have expected.

Back then, I felt I had very little going for me on Earth and would have liked something different, but now I feel I have something to live for. I'm getting my life sorted out, no longer unemployed or working in a really crap job, not forever alone any more, and the future actually looks good, at least on a personal level, compared to back then when I was really stuck in a dead end with a lot of worries about my future.

I think that's made me more practical to some degree - I realise that solutions to problems have to be pragmatic, that all or nothing will just result in nothing. I still make my difference, small as it is, and know it is significantly more than most people do.
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Old 12-11-2012, 03:06 AM
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My life has completely changed since seeing Avatar... before I was sure of what my future holds, now today I'm still not even sure! I met my lover because of Avatar, he moved here and now we're together working at the same company, and we are closer than I ever thought I would honestly be with anybody IRL... I did extra schooling for the smog class (outside of USA, smogging is a regulation of vehicles emissions into the atmosphere, and here in California, they have VERY strict rules with smogs) so i feel I'm helping the environment in the way I can while still being around cars.

I dont remember my old self before Avatar much, if at all.... I dont even think about it because it doesnt matter. Avatar (and my lover, but Avatar was the first big stepping stone) gave me the courage to step outside my safe boundaries and try new things and truly be myself... It gave me reason to fight for things that I believed in.

No other movie even came close to doing that. Avatar was an experience, a bookmark in my life I shall never forget
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Old 12-11-2012, 05:22 AM
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I am happy that AVATAR has opened your eyes Stanley,but more happy that this personel growth has made you glad. Is your lover an AVATAR fan as well? Does he share your "Blue Heart"?
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I am happy that AVATAR has opened your eyes Stanley,but more happy that this personel growth has made you glad. Is your lover an AVATAR fan as well? Does he share your "Blue Heart"?
Yes =^-^= we met on one of the Avatar skype chats over a year (more like coming up on two years now)
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:44 AM
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I had a... weirder inspiration then most. While I do like Avatar a good deal there are parts/plot elements that just bother me to no end. Mostly its the Colonialism/Imperialism tropes and how they were used. The story is very simplistic, interesting, and rather basic. So where am I going with this? Well my Undergrad Thesis, for which I am writing a novel (okay wrote, editing now) is more or less my response to those "Imperialism" tropes being used in such a simple form. Sure the 'noble' and oppressed "savage" is still there, but now some of them are working with the White Man to gain power they would not have other wise.

My inspiration came in the way of creativity and a desire to do "better". I was given the spark and have run with it....for 144000 words (or there's about). The "finished" product certainly has the "outsider joins a different culture" arc at its center, but it ended up being a good deal more than that as well.


So yeah I have made huge progress on goals. Avatar ended up giving me the inspiration to go further with something that I had been kicking around for a while. Both out of a desire to "fix" the issues I had and because I wanted to share in that wonderful creative energy.
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:50 AM
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That is inspirational, Cyvaris.

I got clearer on my purpose, which I knew was to bring clarity to people and help them improve their lives: I know now that it is about making life simpler, and casting off the illusions fostered by a cynical consumerist society.
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It's been a long time here for me, too but today I had the feeling all day that I wanted to watch Avatar but couldn't quite place exactly why. It was only when I saw that it was the 3rd anniversary of release that I realised that was the reason.

Anyway...
Life for me has changed a lot.
Just about a year ago, I set off for what would turn out to be 3 most incredible and life-changing months living in the jungle of one of the most incredible places on Earth. That experience alone has tought me much about myself, my future, my true wants and desires... Since then, I have found an occupation in life that inspires me to get up in the morning, to work hard and (most of the time) to enjoy what I do with the pride at the end of the day of feeling I did that little bit to help encourage the regeneration of what we have, my "true calling", if you will. Although i'm not yet sure if my current environment is *exactly* where I want to be, the translucent feeling wil become clearer in the years to come, i'm sure of that.

On other fronts, i'd be fair in admitting i've been led astray. The goal of living the day-to-day Na'vi lifestyle has drifted away from me somewhat, although as an ideal, it still sits golden on the horizon and despite the fact that I still am in search of someone to share my life with, I am now far happier in myself as a personality and convictions to begin to seek out that person - there are certain people in my life with whom I feel something, but it's really an ongoing discovery.

I have a vague plan for all things generally, all I need to do is to act upon it. Without the life event that turned out to be as simple as being introduced to an amazing world that I got fully pulled into for such a length of time, none of this would have happened to me.

Aside from all that, this thread is pretty cool (as Silver Stag pointed out) for just letting people we're alive, we're active and we're still working towards our own respective 'Pandoras'.
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Old 12-19-2012, 01:39 AM
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Aside from all that, this thread is pretty cool (as Silver Stag pointed out) for just letting people we're alive, we're active and we're still working towards our own respective 'Pandoras'.
Yes, that's exactly why I wanted to make it! Thanks, and great to hear from you again Fkeu'itan. And thanks everyone who's posted something here, I find it all really interesting to read.
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Life for me has changed a lot.
Just about a year ago, I set off for what would turn out to be 3 most incredible and life-changing months living in the jungle of one of the most incredible places on Earth. That experience alone has tought me much about myself, my future, my true wants and desires... Since then, I have found an occupation in life that inspires me to get up in the morning, to work hard and (most of the time) to enjoy what I do with the pride at the end of the day of feeling I did that little bit to help encourage the regeneration of what we have, my "true calling", if you will. Although i'm not yet sure if my current environment is *exactly* where I want to be, the translucent feeling wil become clearer in the years to come, i'm sure of that.
Sounds interesting, what do you do?

I think work was a weird one for me, as back in the really early days, I felt I was stuck in a bit of a dead end in that I didn't really have much future prospects as I felt I'd made a wrong decision with university, but I managed to make something good of it in any case, and that made me happier.
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