... Well. It's been a year. One entire year since it happened. Today marks the day of Monty Oum's death.
People say that time heals all wounds, and, for the most part, they appear to be correct. It doesn't hurt as much as it did last year. That doesn't mean that it doesn't still hurt. It just means that it isn't overpowering my thoughts. Now my thoughts move to those who knew him, and how much pain they must be going through right now.
I never got the chance to meet Monty physically. He unfortunately passed away the same year I might've gotten that chance. I originally was going to write down that I never got to meet him personally, but that isn't really true.
I wouldn't be able to tell you what his favorite color was or what his favorite food might have been, but I still feel like I knew him because of what he did with his life.
I got to meet Monty through the works of art he dedicated his life to creating. The animations that he made on YouTube and for Red vs Blue and the world that he created because of four colors that popped into his head. That world became, and what I think is one of the best things he ever made, the anime RWBY.
One of the interesting rules of RWBY is that every character had to be named after a color. Every single one, with only one exception. I remember hearing about how difficult it was for him to name characters on occasion because of how so many names couldn't be used because they didn't match the rule he had set up. But he always kept to it and eventually, always got a name that was true to the character and, for me at least, absolutely awesome.
The reason that he stuck to the color rule was because he believed that setting such rules was a gateway to creativity and, in the end, that's what Monty was all about. Creativity. Art. Imagination.
When he passed away, his friends and family didn't ask those of us who knew him through his work to express their mourning with flowers and such. Instead they asked us to do what he would've wanted us to do, make something creative.
So, in light of this anniversary, I would like to extend the wish once again. I'd like everyone to make something. Whether it's a picture, a poem, a script, some music, or even a well made essay. Make something. Put your heart and soul into it. Set challenges for yourself. And, always and forever, "Keep moving forward".
Rest in peace, Monty Oum. You've inspired so much with what you've done. Thank you so much, creator, animator, and hero.