There was one thing that everyone on Sunny had in common and that was Luffy. Luffy was the first to gather everyone step by step. He walked into their lives and stomped out all their troubles with his faith, his smile, and his obstinate determination. Despite all the obstacles everyone threw at him, Luffy broke down (or just ignored) every wall as if they didn’t exist. He always seemed like a big dumb brawler, but there was never a greater friend nor more loyal captain. Nami didn’t know how he managed to recruit Zoro or Sanji, as she wasn’t around at the time, but she saw everyone else's trauma become erased by interacting with Luffy.
It really baffled Nami how Luffy was so attuned to exactly what they each needed to hear to move forward in life when he was so dumb in general. He freely admitted his deficiencies in almost every aspect in life and yet no one faulted him for it. It didn’t matter if he couldn’t swing a sword or steer the ship in the right dir