On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the premiere of Xena: Warrior Princess, I am once again finding it hard to put into words just what this little 1990s TV show has done for me and thousands of other Xenites.

Personally, I not only gained confidence, a sense of duty to The Great Good, a sense of humor in even the darkest of times, a healthy respect for individualism, and inspiration, I gained family and friends I would have never met had it not been for this fandom.

Mine is just one story of many that found purpose from watching this show, the creators, and the actresses that brought Xena and Gabrielle to life. I cannot express all the gratitude and gratefulness. It’s impossible.

If you have not watched the show or it has been a while since you’ve seen it, I urge you to give it a try or a revisit.