Stolen but good…

So – I totally stole this from Jamie Grove. Great piece, definitely worth lifting it!

Why King Moonracer is My Hero

by Jamie Grove on March 4, 2009

King Moonracer
Most people recognize King Moonracer immediately from the Rankin and Bass Christmas special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.  He is the flying lion who lives in a castle.  He is the King of the Island of Misfit Toys.

King Moonracer is also my hero.  Let me tell you why.

As King of the Island of Misfit Toys, King Moonracer flies around the world each night and gathers up all unwanted toys.  He gives them a home on his island.  He shares his love with the toys others would just cast aside.

When King Moonracer is forced to reject Rudolph, Hermi, and Yukon Cornelius’ request to remain on the Island of Misfit toys, you can see that it pains him to do so.  You can sense his internal struggle.

After all, King Moonracer is not a toy.  He is the ultimate misfit, a flying lion who wears a tiny crown.

But unlike the all the other misfits on the island, no one laughs at King Moonracer.  No one calls him ridiculous.  They are awed by the majesty of his presence.  He is alone in the world.  Yet, he seems so content and focused.  He is driven by a sense of responsibility to his mission.

This is why I love King Moonracer.  This is why I say King Moonracer is a lifestyle choice.  Some people laugh at this.  They should because it’s meant to be funny, but at the same time it means something more.

When I say that King Moonracer is a lifestyle choice, I’m saying it’s okay to be different.  It’s okay to be driven by a sense of purpose that perhaps few understand.  I’m saying it’s okay to believe as only a child can believe.  It’s okay to have a flying lion as your personal hero.

One could certainly do a lot worse.

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