I have encountered many types of media during my life. However, the ones that have influenced me the most are Spongebob Squarepants, Minecraft, and Dragonball Z. These pieces of media have changed my perception on the world, helped develop my personality, and represented my overall growth and maturity throughout my childhood. I have come to realize the effects of these interests on my childhood and I have evolved significantly between each of them to become the person I am today.
I started watching Spongebob Squarepants when I was six: I was enthralled by it.
The cheerful cartoon about a talking sponge brought enjoyment to me and many other children with its emphasis on humor. I remember recording and watching reruns of the show over and over again. The silly humor mixed with the lighthearted tone created a very pleasant experience. However, Spongebob also taught me some more subtle and important concepts. One concept being that despite the fact that all the denizens of Bikini Bottom having their own troubles and worries that envelop them, Spongebob remains stress-free and lighthearted.
For example, Mr. Krabs has responsibility over his business and his daughter so he directs most of his attention to them. In contrast, Spongebob has almost no responsibility except for his pet snail, so he lives his life to the fullest and doesn’t let others tear him down. Another example is the constant clashing between the Krusty Krab and the Chum Bucket.
Mr. Krabs and Plankton are always on edge to try to gain the upper-hand over their competition.
Spongebob doesn’t worry about this and only cares about flipping burgers and enjoying himself. Spongebob isn’t very concerned about what happens in the distant future, he puts his focus on the present. Not once during the show does Spongebob stop and question what he should pursue as a career after the Krusty Krab or what his retirement plans are. He would rather be enjoying himself or hanging out with his best friend. This attitude gave my younger self an outlook that was not anxious about the future. I acted more like a child but also learned to enjoy being a child while you can because not all things last forever. Spongebob represented a stage in my life when I was the most childlike and I understand that I should enjoy that while it lasted because as you get older you don’t have the same luxuries you had as a child.
Spongebob Squarepants had an effect on the way I viewed relationships as well. The most famous example of a relationship in Spongebob is the friendship between Spongebob and Patrick. Their bond seems almost unbreakable, to the point where you cannot picture them separate. Spongebob and Patrick seem to always work out every problem and end up closer friends than they were before. However, I think a relationship you can learn a lot from is the relationship between Spongebob, Patrick, and Squidward. One episode that I think exemplifies this is the episode SB-129. This episode would terrify me as a child; the combination of the sounds mixed with the bizarre realities shocked me. In this episode, Squidward accidentally locks himself in a freezer trying to get away from Spongebob and Patrick.
Squidward is frozen in ice for two thousand years and awakens to a different time. Squidward proceeds to use a time machine to explore different times that all shock him until he breaks the time machine and ends up in a completely barren world. He loves the silence at first, but then loses his mind when all he can think about is being alone forever. Squidward learns that despite that fact that Spongebob and Patrick annoy him, they are his only company and he could not stand being alone. This episode taught me an important lesson as a child: your friends are the best company you have, no matter how annoying they are, you should always try and work out your differences instead of being alone.