How Warriors impacted me by Moonpaw

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Moonpaw talks about some Warriors life lessons

Hey BlogClanners! It’s Moona back for another article! This time I’ll be discussing characters from the Warriors universe and how they impacted me.
Let’s start off with Ivypool! (Specifically, Ivypaw). As we know, Ivypaw joined the dark forest when she was young due to her jealousy towards Dovepaw. Ivypaw has to keep this secret from most of her clanmates her whole apprenticeship and into adulthood. Although 6 year old me didn’t notice this when I was reading OOTS, looking back, I was able to learn something that has definitely changed how I go about my day-to-day life. The lesson Ivypaw taught me was that hiding and keeping big secrets wasn’t going to end in anything but hurt. You could say my old policy was to not let myself show any emotion or personality, just glare and roll my eyes. Now, realizing how stupid that was, I let myself live, and remind myself that if someone doesn’t like me for it, they aren’t worth my attention.
The next character on this list is Sasha. She raised Mothwing and Hawkfrost, but left them when they were kits because she didn’t belong in Riverclan, they did. Sasha helped me remember that everyone is human, and needs to live their own lives. She also helped me treat my mom a lot better, since even if some mothers aren’t in the same position Sasha was, I bet it’s definitely still a hard job.
Another cat is Graystripe. He was always joking about his large appetite, and was fun loving and care-free. He showed me that, although I only discovered this after looking into his character and all the things he did, he kind of showed me about body positivity, and made me feel a little bit better about always having a bigger appetite than my older brothers and being kinda fat, because I saw this character who is chill about it and doesn’t think about it too much. He, like many of the Warriors characters, also helped me see at a young age how important love and friendship is.
The last cat is Jayfeather. He helped show me when I was little that people with disabilities are just as good as people without disabilities. Also, his perseverance and determination to be a medicine cat, even when he wanted to be a warrior helped teach me that life isn’t fair all the time, but we can make the best of it, and work with our situation and build upwards from there. He also helps me get through some hard PE lessons, because he was able to push through hard times a lot, maybe running a mile under twelve minutes isn’t so impossible.
In the end, I’m glad that I started reading Warriors so young (first grade), because even if I was probably too young, the characters taught me important life lessons that I don’t think I would’ve been able to learn from the boring picture books my mom tried to make me read before she gave up, and lessons like those are much more helpful if they’re learned young. What did Warriors teach you?

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