“Never forget what you are, the rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.” – Tyrion Lannister Game of Thrones is a TV adaptation of the
fantasy novels “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R. R. Martin. Almost 200 nominations
and 59 awards, including Golden Globes, Writers Guild, Critics’ Choice, Screen Actors Guild
and Emmys among others. The books have been translated into more than 30 languages and
it’s reached the top of The New York Times Best Seller lists. It’s a fascinating epic story, full of complexity
and realism. Set in the fictional Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, the series chronicles the violent
dynastic struggles among the realm’s noble families for control of the Iron Throne. But
along that way, it becomes about so much more. Through the words and actions of these enthralling
characters, there are hidden lessons to be learned. In life, we are all playing the game of thrones
one way or the other. Life is a game, you either win or you lose but there is no draw. This
world can be cruel, and people can be cruel to you for who you are. But you must embrace
that, as Tyrion Lannister says: never forget what you are, for surely the world will not.
Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it
will never be used to hurt you. Understand your limitations and use them properly to
your advantage. What people think about you doesn’t matter. If a lion does not lose
sleep over the opinion of sheep, you should neither. Wear your so-called weakness as a
badge of pride and find beauty in your uniqueness. And if it hurts, remember that pain is a lesson, and
each lesson makes us better. The books and the show many times remind us
“valar morghulis”. Which means all men must die. Death comes for everyone. It could
be tomorrow, or it could be in many years from now, but all men must die. People die at their
dinner tables. People die in their beds. People die squatting over their chamber pots. Everybody dies sooner or later. But don’t worry about your death. Worry about your life. Take charge
of your life for as long as it lasts. Because death is so final, whereas life is
full of possibilities. So while alive, make every moment count but don’t rush. Enjoy
your time. As Salladhor Saan said: he who hurries through life hurries to his grave. Do what you love, spend time with loved ones
and be grateful, because, as Martin relentlessly shows, any moment could be your last. Take the ropes of your life and take action.
Don’t just talk because words are wind, and the wind is always blowing at the Wall,
Jon Snow reminds us that words by themselves are meaningless unless we put action behind them. Act now and don’t let fear control you.
As Arya Stark knows the man who fears losing has already lost. Fear cuts deeper than swords.
Bravery is easy when you have no fear. It’s those who are brave in the face of it, that
stand above the rest. Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder. Many
who try to climb it fail and never get to try again. The fall breaks them. And some
are given a chance to climb. They refuse, they cling to the realm or the gods or love.
Illusions. Only the ladder is real. The climb is all there is. Now is your time to climb
up. Where there is a way in, there is a way out. Valar morghulis.