Journal Entry: Mon Apr 15, 2013, 10:39 AM
I cosplay for several reasons, as I'm sure most of us do. Over all I cosplay because it's fun, it's a great way to make friends and it's entertaining. I cosplay because it's a creative outlet, because it teaches me some really good skills. I cosplay because I don't have to be myself everyday, I cosplay because I can pretend. I cosplay because I get to feel pretty in front of a camera, because it takes me places I never thought I'd go. I cosplay because of the people I meet, I cosplay to inspire and to be inspired. I cosplay because other people enjoy it and enjoy my work. I cosplay because I love it, it's a passion of mine. Cosplay is an opportunity for so many things, and it's really shown me the worth I have.
As silly as it is to throw on a costume and pretend to be someone else, it really does make someone's day to see their favorite characters come to life. It's nice to be known in the cosplay community, I'm not going to say it isn't, it means a lot to have people I've never met approach me and say how much I inspire them or that I was the person that encouraged them to cosplay. It means a lot to know I was that person. I am far from being the best cosplayer, and I don't want to ever be the best, I simply want to be myself. It's one thing to be known by other's but it's completely different to be a celebrity or someone famous. I am a human being, a middle class, human being. I'm not better or worse than anyone else. I make mistakes and I'm far from perfect. I have a lot to learn and I'm more than willing to help other's.
Cosplay is a hobby, yes, but it's also so much more than that. It's a passion, an outlet, it's something special to me and has helped me to learn a lot about myself. I've made and lost friends through cosplay, I've had my happy and sad moments in cosplay, and I've had my good and bad relationships in cosplay. The question is, would I ever change who I've become through cosplay? No. Cosplay has taught me confidence, it's left me with more pleasant memories then unpleasant and I wouldn't trade them for the world. This is why I cosplay.