|Look at him majestically holding that... item.|
If your name is Dr. McCoy, you're probably a badass.
I think part of my love of being a crotchety old man at any age probably stems, at least a little, from Doctor Leonard McCoy.
Here is a man who is on a space ship where people are fighting, dying, sexing, exploring, inventing, and overacting and all he wants is for those damn kids to get off of his lawn. That is some master level curmudgeoning.
The wonders of the universe have no appeal to this guy. He's seen it all. He's not impressed. He's a doctor.
I'll admit, I haven't seen the original show since I was a kid. The character was probably a little more in depth, but I remember him as being a grouchy savior of mankind.
|I wish I had a tie to match my fur.|
As I was becoming a teenager I found myself struggling between the seemingly mutually exclusive virtues of brawn and brain. That is, until I acquainted myself with Doctor Henry McCoy.
The X-Men taught me about the dynamics of social conflict, the shapes they could take, and ways to resolve them. They also taught me that like Hank, you could be strong, visually off-putting, brilliant, and compassionate. It's a lesson that is just as relevant in my life today.
This guy was a super genius who mutated in the Beast. He is crazy strong, agile, and a highly skilled fighter. So what did he do after he gained this outstanding physical prowess? He dedicated his life to science and Mutant equality in politics.
Grade A Badass.
|Shown here having excellent taste.|
My favorite, though, beyond a shadow of a doubt, is Doctor Karissa McCoy. I first met her on April 16th, 2011 and my life has been immeasurably more excellent since then.
Yes, she is beautiful, intelligent, kind, blah, blah, blah... that's not really the important part.
See, I grew up as an only child, didn't have a lot of friends, wasn't too social, never had a long term relationship... I was alone a lot. I think partially as a result of this (and probably a bunch of other stuff) I have become pretty self centered.
Over the last year, this woman has begun to teach me how to open myself up and care about others in a genuine way. I still have a long way to go, but without her I may never have started.
I do recognize the irony of complimenting someone else by saying how they made me less self-involved, but I think it's a start.
Also she has great boobs.
The Dr. McCoy family is so inspiring, I was shocked when I learned that this guy wasn't a member.
|I wish he was my mentor.|