Finding Sunshine in the Zombie Apocolypse
It's Halloween week and I thought I would share with you something that has become a staple in our home. We are huge "The Walking Dead" fans. We missed the first season. We were not interested in it a all. One rainy weekend sometime last year found us with nothing to do and we turned on our Roku box...we got hooked on this masterpiece through the commercial-less, sit in your PJ's all day long, and veg-out in front of your TV called Netflix. What a wonderful gift to a TV show lover!! (I digress) We watched it all the way through, and we were hooked, almost instantly.
My Mom and Dad had been begging us to watch it as they were totally hooked first. We had every reason to watch, it is filmed locally and is based in Atlanta, GA. And every Sunday night my parents would text me and try to share with me in 140 characters or less why this was THE very best TV show on any network around. I always laughed and thought "Zombies?? Really??" until that fateful Saturday The Walking Dead marathon on Netflix. And you know what? They were right, as was everyone else in America that was ranting and raving about this show. So we eagerly watched the second season and are now in the first few episode of the the third season. And it is a family event - everything stops and we are tuned in to watch normal people, like you and me battle through the physical and mental plight of an apocalyptic time where Zombies or "Walkers" have taken over the earth. And all that is normal in their everyday lives is gone. You would think that the name of the show "The Walking Dead" was titled after the zombies right?? Well you could think that, but in actuality everyone is infected with the virus, it just shows itself when you die...get it...they (the living) are actually The "Walking" Dead!! (Again, I digress)
I have allowed my son Brenden to watch this show with myself and my husband. It was a gutsy (no pun intended) move on my part, because the show itself is pretty graphic. But we talked about it and I figure with his age and maturity level, he could handle it. And he has taken the zombie fest to a whole new level for us in the house. You see my son is a book lover. He loves to read and is driven by learning more. If there is a series of books, he reads all of them. And through some digging on his part, or maybe the credits on the show, he realized that the show is based off of a series of graphic novels, by Robert Kirkman. The good news is there are more than 35 volumes bad news is they cost $14.99 each. He is currently on Volume 6 and will be starting Volume 7 this week. The first season was based on Volume 1...there should be many seasons of this series to come. The other bad news for us is that he keeps slipping up and telling us what is going to happen...that's annoying but I admire his passion!!
In case you wanted to check it out!!
Brenden has been reading away, locking himself in his room anxiously finding out the next chapter in these poor peoples lives. I was talking to him the other day and he wanted to show me something on the back of each and every graphic novel. He was truly moved by how it read, and honestly so was I. It reads as follows:
How many hours are in a day when you don't spend half of them watching television?
When is the last time any of us REALLY worked to get something that we wanted?
How long has it been since any of us really NEEDED something that we really WANTED?
The world we knew is gone. The world of commerce and frivolous necessity has been replaced by a world of survival and responsibility. An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe causing the dead to rise and feed on the living.
In a matter of months, society has crumbled, no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV.
(here it comes, here it comes)
In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally start living...
Seems gruesome, and on the surface it is...well even underneath it is. But think about what this is saying. Do we really LIVE our lives?? How much time do we waste on TV and frivolous things? Things that ultimately don't really matter?? How hard do we work for the things we want? Or how about working for what we really NEED? I found so much inspiration and depth on the back of this comic book and in the words of the writer. What we get caught up in during this thing we called life for the most part, doesn't help our case for living. While we still have commerce, we still have grocery stores, mail and TV...so let's not wait for the Zombies to walk the earth to realize what we have the chance to do right now! It's our responsibility to truly LIVE OUR LIVES!!
I'm in!! As a matter of fact, am totally in...how about you??
~ The Sunshine Toker