When Fiction Inspires Change: How To Face Your Dragon

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© Rudy Dees

Rudy Dees

Writer @ GoneWithTheWord 

Recently I read Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner and as a result faced my own metaphorical dragon. Until this moment I never owned a kite thus I was colorless and stuck on the ground. Stuck with a past I had yet to face. However, that all changed when I took on the dragon.

Thirty-eight year old Amir, the main character in the novel, takes on his dragon by returning to his native Afghanistan to face his past. The story uses the kite as a metaphor to describe Amir’s journey; the kite at the beginning of the novel illustrates Amir’s cowardice and his reluctance to confront his fear: The bully Assef.

Amir’s past catches up with him as he is reminded that there is “A way to be good again…” and that is to take on Assef—his dragon—and find his redemption, his courage, and his self-worth. Hosseini ends the novel with Amir flying his kite once again redeemed, proud, happy—soaring high above earth, now beyond the guilt and fear of his past.

I will be thirty-eight next month and I have finally confronted my dragon after many years of guilt and fear. I have been preparing for this day my entire adult life and have spent weeks in preparation for this event with my partner.

Finally, I confronted my dragon. With that I too found my courage, confidence, self-esteem and self-worth instantly heightened. Most importantly, I found increased emotional freedom and happiness.

For the first time in my life, I flew a kite with my children. It was one of the most thrilling and exhilarating experiences I have had in a long time. The rainbow patterned kite flew high in the sky and soared above the earth revealing to me a new way of living through the colors of the rainbow.

The symbol of the kite above me was that of a life transcended: more courageous, more confident, stronger, and happier. As I watched my children take their turn I want them to forever feel as I do now: free and happy.

At the end of the novel, Amir felt relieved, freer, and happier for confronting Assef and he too flew his kite once again to illustrate his new life: soaring high without limitations.

As my life imitates fiction, I, too, will live my life freer and happier for having taken on—and defeated—the dragon. And I will fly that kite again! 

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